After some downtime recently, Glasgow’s Departures have issued a statement explaining their plans to split up following two final shows in February 2020 to say farewell.
In their statement, the band explain that the reason for their decision to call it a day surrounds some health concerns with vocalist James McKean, who shares that he’s recently been diagnosed with a rare condition called Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.
You can read the full statement below.
“A few of you have probably noticed that we’ve been quiet for the last while. As you may or may not know, I had a heart attack during the Touche Amore tour in Leeds in 2017. We played a show in Glasgow last August, but a few months after that I was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (vEDS), an extremely rare condition that essentially means my entire vascular system is fragile, and this was the cause of the heart attack.
With daily medication I can lead a fairly normal life. It does however place some constraints on what I can and can’t do, and this frustratingly means that I can’t do a whole lot of physical activity. No specialist is able to say for sure if singing the way I do is what triggered the heart attack, but my body tells me it must have played some role.
When people find out they have vEDS, it usually costs them their lives, so I am very lucky to still be alive. I have wrestled with this fact for a good while now and realised that it’s probably for the best that I don’t sing the way I do anymore. So it is with the heaviest [and damaged] of hearts that we bring Departures to an end.
We are going to play two last shows to say thank you to everyone that has ever cared about this band. We’ve managed to do so much more than we could have ever imagined and the amount of support we have received throughout the years has never stopped blowing our minds.
I may not be able to give it everything the way that I used to, so we need as many of you as possible to come to these shows and lend us your voice, and say goodbye to Departures with us.
The biggest love for absolutely everything you’ve done for us.
James, Danny, Andy, Sean and Ally.”
Tickets for the band’s two final shows are on sale now.