JR Ewing disbands

Posted by xre on 12/05/06

Norwegian post-hardcore act JR Ewing will disband this fall, but will still play all of the shows they have scheduled for the summer. Their 2005 album "Maelstrom" will still see an international release on July 25th. The band has issued the following statement:

"We are truly sad to announce that by the fall of 2006 JR Ewing will no longer be a band. After 8 years we feel it's time to move on. This has been a very hard decision for us, as we all love each others company and feel our music is as relevant today as when we started out in 1998. We hardly had any ambitions beyond playing a couple of shows for the hell of it, but it ended up being a life-altering experience that we feel very honoured and humble to have been a part of.

JR Ewing has been to over 20 countries in our time as a band, and we feel we've seen and experienced more in these 8 years than we expected to do in a lifetime. We've met an incredible amount of inspiring people who have encouraged us on our way, and made us feel welcome even when thousands of miles from home. There’s been so many people who have come out to see us everytime we’ve visisted their town, sung our songs, bought our records, and made us understand why were were doing this. Also, many of you have come up to us and told us how we’ve affected things for you, and that’s something we will always remember. We can’t thank you enough.

It's hard to for us to explain what we've been trying to do with our music, but the one thing we know is that we have wanted to be challenging from day one. We have never compromised, even when it could’ve made things alot easier for us, and that is what will make our music still mean something when it’s all over. We have tried to write about the things that has been occupying our minds, hoping that other people would understand what the hell we were talking about. We have not done what people have expected us to , and we've been unafraid of change. Repetition Is Failure.

Along the way it has been harder for the members involved to have the same agenda, especially when it comes to the touring aspect of being in JR Ewing. Being away from our loved ones for months only to return home to a pile of bills we couldn't pay has proven to be a challenging ordeal, which can make any man unhappy.

We are still the best of friends and we will be hanging out until we're old and in a wheelchair in some nursinghome, watching the videofootage we shot on tour while trying the drugs we didn’t dare to do when we were young.

What now? Well, it's not over quite yet. There's a batch of shows that have been booked for a while which mostly includes festivals throughout the summer. We will be playing all of those, including the great Roskilde Festival in Denmark. We will also be playing some last shows in Norway in August/September, as well as a couple in central Europe.

We hope to see you all there, so we can make these last shows really count. We will be digging up some songs we haven't played for quite some time, so we promise something for everyone.

Well, that's it for now.

Thank you.


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