T he unexpected split of indie rockers Far From The Dance left hundreds of their loyal fans shocked. In October last year the unsigned Brighouse band seemed to be a on a roll with their successful London club night pulling in the punters and a number of new tracks freshly recorded.
While an elusive record deal had not yet been secured major labels were said to be sniffing around and the melodic four-piece had recently announced a new management deal and were on a mission to play this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
But just two month’s later it all came to a sudden halt when members of the band’s Facebook page were told they had called time on what seemed to be a burgeoning music career.
Bassist Jake Miller told Fresh that band members had agreed they were not making enough progress and so a split had been amicably agreed.
He said: “In music, to be able to devote and submerge yourself to the degree we all want to, it has to be something with a future in the industry.
“It felt like Far From The Dance had stopped moving forward and so we thought the project deserved to go out on a high.”
Far From The Dance (FFTD) met at Rastrick High School in the 90s and after playing in a variety of line-ups and guises, from Northern Lights to Serotonin, they finally settled as Far From The Dance in the summer of 2005.
After exploding onto the unsigned circuit the band notched up more than 500 UK gig and festival appearances including Huddstock and London's O2 Wireless 07.
Other successes included a feature on Steve Lamacq’s Radio 1 show and support slots for major artists including Pete Doherty, The Subways, The Bluetones, Mindless Self Indulgence, Forward Russia!, and The Maccabees.
And Kasabian front man Tom Meighan once dubbed the band’s live show as, “Tight as f!@k … Mozart punk”
Originally an electro-rock five piece, the band decamped to London in early 2009 after their synth-maestro Nick – aka Digimox – left to pursue solo projects.
The change of direction saw them ditch their dance sound for a more atmospheric indie rock vibe.
Over the last year FFTD clocked up more than 30 shows in the capital not to mention playing the main stage at Sellindge Music Festival alongside indie legends Supergrass.
They also set up the Shoreditch based live music night ‘Northern Rock & Roll is Good For My Soul’ and had lured a string of other Yorkshire bands down to the monthly showcase.
But despite the head of steam they had built up the band decided to call time on their London stay and split, playing a farewell gig at Soho’s The Spice of Life last month.
All the members of the band intend to continue working on musical ventures although no set plans have been made.
The first chance to see lead singer Alec Townsend is at The Media Centre where he is billed to play a selection of new solo material at Acoustic Revolutionaries on March 17.
This week FFTD will give their Yorkshire-based fans one final send off with an extended set of tracks spanning their entire career.
Expect material from as far back as 2002 as well as the return of Digimox to the stage.
The farewell gig is on Saturday at Bar 1:22. Support is from The Bluelights, Middleman and former Northern Lights member John Hills.