London indie rockers The Maccabees have announced they are breaking up after 14 years together, confirming the news in a statement released today (August 8).
The band say they have not fallen out, and that they are all planning to continue to making music.
The five-piece met as teenagers in south London in 2002 and went on to release four critically acclaimed albums – Colour It In (2007), Wall Of Arms (2009), Given To The Wild (2012) and Marks To Prove It (2015).
Given To The Wild was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize in 2012 and lead single Pelican won an Ivor Novello Award for best contemporary song.
The band headlined Latitude Festival in July.
In a statement posted to Facebook and Twitter, the band write of their split: “There have not been fallings out and we are grateful to say that we are not leaving the group as a dividing force”.
The group also state that the members will “continue making music” and promise farewell shows for later in the year.
Read the statement in full below.
After 14 years as a band we have decided to call it a day. The decision has obviously been an incredibly difficult one, given that the Maccabees has been such a huge part of our lives until now. We are very proud to be able to go out on our own terms, at our creative peak and off the back of the best and biggest shows we have ever done. There have not been fallings out and we are grateful to say that we are not leaving the group behind as a divided force. It has been a rare and absolutely incredible time that we all feel very lucky to have shared.
Love to anyone who has ever stood by our band, bought our records, come and seen us play, or cared and contributed in whatever capacity it may have been. We have always valued it immeasurably, tried to honour it as best we could and can only say thank you to you all very deeply and sincerely.
Though there are no concrete plans at this stage, we are all planning to continue making music. We are excited about the future and intend to move on, with some sadness, but with appreciation, affection and huge pride at the music we have made and all that we have achieved together.
There will be some farewell celebration shows announced in the near future.
Once again, especially to fans of the Maccabees, thank you for the countless good times that we will never forget. Take care and we will be in touch soon.