Despite their debut full-length ‘Savoir Faire’ being released just over a week ago, The Ocean Between Us frontman Judd Wrighton revealed today that himself and bassist Ben Beagles have decided to part ways with the band, mainly due to financial strain. Judd has posted a statement on Facebook earlier today which can be read in full below:
“I know it’s April Fools Day and I couldn’t really choose a worse day to announce this as most of you probably will think it’s just a prank… I can assure you with the great detail that this is far from a joke. (It’s after 12 anyways)
But last week mid-tour, I decided to part ways with my band. This is why the tour was cut short along with we couldn’t even afford to hire the van driver for any more days as it was putting us in serious debt. (Apologies York and London).
I am fully acknowledging that after years of hard work, constant struggling and skinting myself just to push myself that little bit further, taking chances, getting ill, getting constantly messed about by the money hungry industry and obvious disagreements and differences with about 8 different ex and current members I’ve dealt with over the past few years, it has all gone to waste.
There is only so much I could have done, however to make a career out of music is for the third parties to help you in one way or another, whether it’s lots of money, general contacts, awesome press, awesome management etc we never had the option for any of that, it has always been based upon nothing other than hard work which of course is the only thing I could have put in that doesn’t cost me any money.
Another thing is we recorded our debut album in April last year and was ready to release at the end of Summer 2012. Why I had to suffer cleaning toilets for the past 6 months waiting for the day of 25th of March 2013 is beyond me but still it has been far too long since we had a good run in 2011. The wait has done nothing apart from literally watch a line go more and more downhill.
As far as I’m concerned, I personally don’t think The Ocean Between Us will go any further as a band and will reach very few new ears.
Benjamin has sided me with this decision and I’m not sure at this point what the rest of the guys are going to do. There will probably be some talks later this week. However, all I can say is thanks to everyone who’s been a part of this for me over the years and to go support our record label by buying a copy of the new album or buying a t-shirt or something.
I will always continue writing music and you will be hearing something new musically from me very soon but TOBU is just a non progression in my eyes and I am done wasting my time and efforts with it.
I am also going to continue making music videos and work as hard as I can to get as good as I can possibly be at drawing for a possible future in tattooing (if I’m ever good enough) and just keep using my creative mind to rolly polly my way through life. Expect big things, expect no things. I don’t have a clue what the future holds. I actually have nothing after I fucked up everything I cared about over the past 2 years due to being a social retard and not having my priorities straight.
So I guess it can only get better from here, right?”
The remaining band members are yet to make a comment regarding the band’s future. More details will be announced as this story develops.