Wednesday, 16 March 2011


I'm not sure I can take any more end-of-the-line type news today. Nate Dogg, Smiley Culture and one of the founders of KORG pass away, Institubes throws in the towel, and now so do Faithless.

A statement posted by frontman Maxi Jazz today says that after a decade-and-a-half in business, the group have decided to call it a day after they finish their remaining tour dates.

The statement on the band's website reads:

"After 15 years(!) and six albums(!!) I think we've probably made our collective point by now and that it's time to close the book and return to the library... We've had, with you, the most unbelievable, epic and moving experience, stretching over years and tens of thousands of miles... joyful, exhilarating and empowering, we never for a moment thought an affair could last this long. Or be this powerful. Never thought for a moment that the end of this journey would be left to us either... Quite naturally people grow, change and leave the things of youth behind them. You've not only brought us with you, but introduced us to y'children too! What're you like..?

The album 'The Dance Never Ends' was written and produced for you, as a thank you, but also as a goodbye.. the tour schedule has been particularly hectic as we attempt to visit as many territories as there are people who wanna see us.. And say thank you. If I devoted the rest of my life to the task, I could NEVER thank you enough. I have memories that will still be with me in my next life.

But, like when writing a song, you always just 'know' when it's finished... this is and was the "Thank YOU And Goodbye' tour and to be truthful, I really hope you just pick up the ball of your life.. And RUN WITH IT!! Once again, whether you bought or downloaded a cd, came to a show or told your mates about us... Whether from the beginning or just last week.. Thank you. You'll be in my heart forever. Listen for my voice in future lifetimes, I only grow in your shadow, you're the sun to me. One Love."

Maxi, Sister Bliss, Rollo and co – thank you for the music.
Love Mr Dirty Smart x

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