The Spitfires marked themselves out as one of the country's most tenacious underground guitar groups.
Indebted to the Mod lineage but giving it a modern spin, the band's spiky, sharp-edged and stylish songwriting earned a cult audience.
Packing out venues across the country and beyond, the band have released a string of vital albums.
All good things come to an end, however, and The Spitfires confirmed their intention to take a prolonged rest in a statement to fans.
New album 'Play For Today' is their grand farewell, and it's set to be released through Acid Jazz on February 25th.
The release will be accompanied by a special show, with The Spitfires saying goodbye to fans with a show at Camden's Electric Ballroom on February 26th.
New track 'Save Me' airs through Clash, and it's a potent indication that The Spitfires aren't going down without a fight.
Pushing themselves right to the end, 'Save Me' explores the distorted lens of conservatism that falls across English suburbia, while also adding layers of electronics.
A coiled spring of a pop song, 'Save Me' carries an urgent appeal - check it out now.