Thursday 27 July 2017

Fight Like Apes announce split after 10 years

Picture: Fight Like Apes/Facebook
Picture: Fight Like Apes/Facebook
MONKEY DO: Fight Like Apes take to the stage in Dingle’s St James’s Church
Fight Like Apes on the streets of Dingle
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Irish alternative rock band Fight Like Apes have split up.

The band announced the news on their Facebook page on Wednesday morning.

"Stick a fork in us, we’re done," they began the lengthy post.

"You’ll see us all again under different musical guises but, these three 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."

MONKEY DO: Fight Like Apes take to the stage in Dingle’s St James’s Church
MONKEY DO: Fight Like Apes take to the stage in Dingle’s St James’s Church

"And we are very, very proud."

The band highlighted the financial difficulties they faced during their 10-year music career and urged fans to buy musicians' merchandise and not just support artists online.

"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."

Fight Like Apes on the streets of Dingle
Fight Like Apes on the streets of Dingle

"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."

The band released three albums over the course of their decade-long career and will perform their final show on December 9th in Whelans.

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