Chasing Cadence split is a sad indictment of the British rock scene

Scouring Facebook on my lunch break, already feeling down from the death of a true rock legend Chris Cornell, I received even further sad news as I learnt, rather belatedly, that Chasing Cadence are set to split up after five years.

The Hertfordshire five-piece are one of the best new British rock bands around, and their latest – and sadly last – EP Destroy Something Beautiful was exceptional. You can read our review of that here. However, the band revealed that despite “putting their heart and soul” into the record, they felt “overlooked” and “unable to fulfil their true potential.” The band has become a firm go-to listen on my Spotify and I’m gutted to see an awesome band split having not yet had a chance to see them live.

The band’s split – announced on 8 May (not sure how I missed it until now) – is a sad indictment of where the music industry, and particularly the British rock scene, is right now, with up-and-coming, extremely talented bands simply unable to afford to keep going and seemingly not given the level of support that they deserve.

Sad stories like this of Chasing Cadence and the experiences of Yashin – read more on that here – have to be a wake-up call to the industry to help British bands flourish, not make them suffer and struggle. Do bands have to go down the Linkin Park route, moving away from making good music to utter dross pop nonsense to simply survive? If so, it’s a sad day for all of us, but let’s seriously hope not.

Announcing the news on their Facebook page in a pretty damning statement, the band revealed:

“It has come to the inevitable time to announce the end of our journey as Chasing Cadence.

“After 5 years of touring, working, learning and taking many metamorphoses along the way, it has come to the point where we are unable to progress to the next stage without making huge personal, financial or musical sacrifices.

“Last year we poured our heart and soul into a 5 track EP in the hope that this would open doors for us to develop and become the professional touring band we’d always dreamt of being. Sadly, we were instead left overlooked for a number of reasons and were unable to fulfil what we felt would be our true potential. We have extensively discussed the option of continuing and pushing as much as we can – like we have been doing – but without the backing we need, we can’t justify a debut album without losing either quality or integrity. And without something new to show you all, we’re all too aware that we’re becoming stagnant and forgotten about.

“It’s very easy for a band like ours to become bitter and hateful from the experiences we’ve had throughout our time. The music industry is a cruel mistress and if it doesn’t chew you up and spit you out, it’ll likely swallow you whole and regurgitate you into something you never wanted to be. That being said, sometimes you need to accept that it’s just not meant to be.

“Despite all of the above, we’re incredibly proud to have achieved as much as we have, from what started as 5 mates who were just holding on to their emo-kid roots. We’ve met and worked with some incredible people along the way and even though our paths may have separated over time, we are so grateful to you for having faith in Chasing Cadence. Similarly, we can’t give enough thanks to those that came to see us live, bought a t-shirt, bought our music, and who generally just supported us no matter what. Without you, we would have never played festivals like Download, Camden Rocks, Takedown, Tramlines, Rhythms Of The World, Teddy Rocks, FortFest & MacMillan. We would have never supported some of our musical heroes such as Funeral For A Friend, Taking Back Sunday and Don Broco, and we would have never had affiliations with the likes of BBC Radio 1, Red Bull Studios, The Unsigned Music Awards, TNA Wrestling, Fireball, Orange Amplifiers & Dr Martens. Thank you.

“Some of us are going to use our experiences and contacts built over the course of CC to plant and grow something new that’s both true to ourselves and hopefully relatable to the masses. We’ll post more on this later in the year, so please don’t disconnect from us just yet.

“Until then, please join us at our final farewell shows listed on the poster below so we can go out with a BANG; celebrate the journey we’ve had and remind us one final time why we worked so hard at this for so long. If you could give this a share, we’d appreciate it – We want to say goodbye to as many of you as possible in the only way we know how.”

The Chasing Cadence farewell tour is already underway, and continues at Rock City in Nottingham on Saturday (20 May), then The Portland Arms in Cambridge on 12 July and Biker Social in Leeds on 29 July, they’ll be playing Forest Fest on 4-6 August, before their final ever gig at The Black Heart, in Camden, on 11 August.

Tickets are available here, and you can still support the band by buying their latest EP here and all their merch is available for just £5 here.

We’ll leave you with the video for the superb Dear Life, and thank you for the memories Chasing Cadence.

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