British metalcore outfit Shields have regrettably announced in a touching and heart-breaking statement today that they have decided to call it a day, and will be parting ways following their forthcoming UK tour.
The news of their intent to split up follows the tragic loss of their guitarist George Christie in January, with the band explaining that despite their efforts and commitment to make the band succeed, “every band practice, show, administrative and organisational decision we make is coloured by the death of George and with that comes inevitable pain.”
You can read the band’s full statement below.
“In January we suffered the loss of our best friend and brother. Since then we’ve played shows big and small, filmed and dropped a new music video and released our debut album “Life In Exile” followed by a truly amazing and gratifying hometown album launch show in London surrounded by friends, family and fans.
While we are proud of all of this, sadly we no longer find happiness from being in Shields. Despite our commitment and drive to make Shields the biggest success it can be, every band practice, show, administrative and organisational decision we make is coloured by the death of George and with that comes inevitable pain.
For our health we have decided to end Shields. Our final tour will be supporting Oceans Ate Alaska & Kingdom Of Giants this month across the United Kingdom and a handful of shows in mainland Europe.
We want to thank the following people who have all contributed to shields achievements in some
form or another. A band is so much more than 4-5 members that play shows…
Josh Korel, Jeremiah Scarim, Angelo Pandolfi, Oli Duncanson, Chris Porter, Zak Pinchin, Daniel Kerr, Christoph Wieczorek, Peter Leukhardt, George Lever, Paula Nahlen, Jamie-lee Underwood, Martin Huynh, Connor Sweeney, Benjamin Black, Andre Caudebec, Toyan St.Hilare, Maarten Jansen, Liam Byrne, Jan Philip Katzbach, Florian Kreutzfeldt, Matt Benton, James Monteith, Houston Robertson.
We don’t know what the future holds for us individually when it comes to music, we will all continue to write music in some way or another. Time will tell.
Come see us live one last time this month with Oceans Ate Alaska and Kingdom Of Giants. – oceansatealaska.co.uk
Thank you all again, so much.
Sam, Joe, Alex, Lawrence.
2011 – 2018”
As detailed in their statement above, Shields will be hitting the road one final time this month as a farewell tour alongside both Oceans Ate Alaska and Kingdom Of Giants.
You can find all of the band’s forthcoming UK tour dates listed below.
JUNE 21 – LONDON, Boston Music Room
JUNE 22 – YORK, Fibbers
JUNE 23 – GLASGOW, Garage Attic
JUNE 24 – SHEFFIELD, Mulberry
JUNE 25 – NEWCASTLE, Think Tank
JUNE 26 – BIRMINGHAM, Mama Roux’s
JUNE 27 – MANCHESTER, Rebellion
JUNE 28 – BRISTOL, The Exchange
JUNE 29 – PLYMOUTH, Underground
JUNE 30 – SOUTHAMPTON, Joiners
JULY 01 – NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, Hop Fest
The band’s debut full-length album, ‘Life In Exile’, is out now via Long Branch Records.