The King Blues announced their retirement yesterday (April 3) after 8 years of music. The London six-piece released three studio LP's during their career, and in a statement released on their official web site revealed that they would release a fourth before splitting.
The band said: "It is with great sadness and very heavy hearts that we must inform you, that as of today The King Blues are no more. We are all immensely proud of our body of work. We will be releasing the last The King Blues album entitled 'Long Live The Struggle' as the final chapter. The album will be released in early July 2012."
They added: "We simply feel we have taken things as far as they can go and it would be unfair on you if we were to go through the motions like so many other artists do. We all believe strongly in what The King Blues stands for."
The band's last album 'Punk & Poetry', released in 2011, saw them engaging in a spat with UK tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail, after the Mail pulled all articles referring to the band upon being sent a copy of their single 'Set The World On Fire', which contains the lyrics "I sit down and read the newspaper / it tells me the enemy and lets me know the saviour / this weeks flavour - asylum seekers'. Band member Itch responded by burning a copy of the newspaper in the video to the song.
Along with releasing 'Long Live The Struggle' in July, The King Blues will also play four festival dates in the summer, attending both legs of the Slam Dunk festival, Redfest and Beautiful Days in Devon.
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