Stagecoach have decided to split up after almost ten years of making music together.
It's more difficult than ever for a young band to take the DIY route. Balancing a day job with writing, recording and touring new music is nigh on impossible, with fewer and fewer bands managing to impact on a national level.
Which, perhaps, made Stagecoach all the more remarkable. For ten years the band flew the flag for DIY rock music, releasing some fantastic music and playing some triumphant gigs along the way.
Sadly, though, it seems that the band are ready to draw their career to a close. In a short posting, Stagecoach confirmed that their career has drawn to a close:
After 10 incredible years we have decided to close the book on what has been an amazing adventure. From small beginnings at a Dorking open mic to jamming with Phoenix and opening for Jimmy Eat World, it really has been a wonderful journey which we’ve all cherished. We got to realise some of our teenage dreams such as recording at Maida Vale and playing the Reading festival, things we didn’t even think were possible. We’d like to thank everybody who came to a gig, bought a record, voted for us, wore a t-shirt, recommended us to a friend, blogged about us and also all the fantastic bands we have met along the way who we now call friends. Although it is sad we feel it is the right time to stop and look back proudly on what became bigger than we ever hoped or planned. As The Hold Steady sung, we had some massive nights. Hopefully some of which we shared with you!
HUGE thanks to Jack Clothier for being our biggest supporter and not only releasing our records but also guiding this ship/coach. Thanks also to Joe Schiavon for the great effort and work he put in to the band.
We will soon be announcing one final gig and it would be fantastic to see as many faces we’ve met along the way at this one as possible. Before that you can see us this Saturday at Southsea festival. Let’s make it a big one!
Like us, you’ll always have Tazers. Luke, Nick, Chop, John & Matt x
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Clash caught up with Stagecoach earlier this year for a Notes From The Road feature - check it out HERE.
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