Stick a fork in them, they’re done! And so another Irish band calls it a day citing ‘financial reasons’ for their demise.
While the band say they will return ‘in different musical guises’, it does beg the question how difficult it is for young bands to survive. The band themselves recommend that people “Please go to gigs. Please buy merch” but should there not be some grant scheme for young bands? If you’re a classical performer then there are a variety of grants you can apply for. While it is very difficult to get these grants, it has always struck me as bizarre that society should define one type of music as ‘art’ and worth funding while another type has to fight it out for themselves.
As for the populace at large, do we have a responsibility to pay for the music we love? Or at least make sure the artists whose music we enjoy continue to make it? It’s a difficult concept for people in an age where there are so many options to get music for free or on paid streaming services.
It is definitely not something new that young bands struggle before they reach the critical mass. Performers like Glenn Hansard would give anyone hope that if you keep plugging away long enough it can happen, but he is the exception rather than the rule. It is also not a problem unique to music, with young artists in theatre, the visual arts etc all struggling to get by. What we can agree on is that it’s another sad demise in a long history of the same.
The Roisin Dubh, Galway – November 24th,
Connollys of Leap, Cork – November 25th,
Whelans, Dublin – December 9th
“Stick a fork in us, we’re done.
We’ve been quiet for a while now. We’ve had a lot of thinking and talking to do.
We’d be here all year if we started listing the people we wanted to thank, so we’ll just do that in our own time.
You’ll see us all again under different musical guises but, these 3 shows will be Fight Like Apes’ last. We want to call it a day while we’re all still pals and are proud of what we’ve done.
And we are very, very proud.
It’s a deadly time in so many ways to be in a band; you can have so much control over your work if you’re clever; you can release it how and when you like and in our opinion, right now, Ireland is the healthiest it’s ever been in terms of talent and diversity.
But, there are massive challenges for a lot of bands, mostly financial, that make this a tough job and sadly, those obstacles have become too big for us.
I think we all know that we’re going to hear announcements like this more often. A lot of people don’t seem to understand that we can’t keep producing records if you keep not paying for them. Bands are having to sell beautiful albums for €2.99, labels can’t give you as much support since they’re losing income too and our alternative radio stations* are practically non existent now, meaning so many wonderful bands will not get a chance to get played on radio as they’ll be competing with huge pop acts.
Please buy your music in independent record stores or directly from the band.
Don’t fool yourself in to thinking that your £10 subscription to Deezer and Spotify helps us at all. It does not. Look how many bands are on there and do the maths.
Please go to gigs. Please buy merch.
Thanks to all you entirely crazy, wonderful people who have supported us and danced and screamed with us over the past 10 years. We could never thank you enough.
I still can’t believe some of the amazing things we’ve done together and how far we came.
*RIP TXFM. We absolutely adore you and everything you’ve done for music in Ireland.”