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Suede to part company after 14 years

Story: Jack Foley

ONE of the most influential British indie groups of recent years, Suede, have announced they are to split.

A message on the band's official website states that the band has decided to part company to pursue their own musical careers.

The news, which comes on the eve of their UK tour, and which follows the release of a timely Greatest Hits compilation, will come as a blow to their many fans.

The statement reads: "Suede would like to announce that, from next year, they will be working on their own individual projects. There will not be a new studio album until the band feel that the moment is artistically right to make one.

"This announcement does not affect the forthcoming touring commitments. Suede would like to thank the fans for their wonderful support over the years. See you in the next life."

Suede were formed in 1989 by singer, Brett Anderson, bassist, Mat Osman, drummer, Simon Gilbert and guitarists, Bernard Butler and Justine Frischmann (who quickly left to form Elastica).

They have often been credited with kickstarting the resurgence in British rock music that took place after the death of grunge, and released their multi-award winning self titled debut in 1993.

A second album, Dog Man Star, followed the next year, but the band then suffered its first real setback when the creative feud between Anderson and Butler resulted in the guitarist being 'ousted' from the group.

Richard Oakes stepped in and, despite being young and relatively unknown, his work on 1996’s Coming Up helped it to become a critical and commercial success.

Suede’s final two albums - Head Music (1999) and A New Morning (2002) - saw a decline in sales, even though their core followers remained borderline fanatical.

The upcoming Winter UK tour, therefore, represents an absolute must for anyone who has ever followd them.

The dates are:

Ambassador Theatre Dublin (December 4)
Waterfront, Hall Belfast (5)
Academy, Glasgow (7)
Academy, Manchester (8)
Academy, Bristol (9)
Academy, Birmingham (11)
Brixton Academy, London (12)

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