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Fight Like Apes call it a day

Irish band bow out with three final shows

Wed, Nov 2, 2016, 09:38


Fight Like Apes are, in their own words, done. The band, who released three albums over the course of their ten year run, have decided to split up and go their seperate ways. “We want to call it a day while we’re all still pals”, they said on a Facebook post earlier today, “and are proud of what we’ve done.”

The band’s final shows will be at the Roisin Dubh, Galway on November 24; Connolly’s of Leap, Co Cork on November 25 and Whelan’s, Dublin on December 9

The band’s post also made some very salient points about the current financial ecosystem for bands and how difficult it is for a band, even one viewed by many as successful, to make ends meet in an age when streaming services dominate proceedings. As the band say, they won’t be the only Irish act calling it quits in the next while.

“There are massive challenges for a lot of bands, mostly financial, that make this a tough job and sadly, those obstacles have become too big for us. I think we all know that we’re going to hear announcements like this more often. A lot of people don’t seem to understand that we can’t keep producing records if you keep not paying for them. Bands are having to sell beautiful albums for €2.99, labels can’t give you as much support since they’re losing income too and our alternative radio stations are practically non existent now, meaning so many wonderful bands will not get a chance to get played on radio as they’ll be competing with huge pop acts.

“Please buy your music in independent record stores or directly from the band. Don’t fool yourself in to thinking that your £10 subscription to Deezer and Spotify helps us at all. It does not. Look how many bands are on there and do the maths. Please go to gigs. Please buy merch.”