A little less than a month after Andy Rourke’s departure, the bass supergroup Freebass has called it quits for good.
The group was based around Rourke, of the Smiths, New Order’s Peter Hook, and Primal Fear’s Gary “Mani” Mounfield. Though Freebass has been in the works for about five years, the band’s dissolution comes just shy of two weeks before their debut album, It’s a Beautiful Life, hits the stores.
The group released a statement to NME.com: “It is with great sadness that just prior to the long-awaited album release of ‘It’s A Beautiful Life’ we have to announce that the much anticipated Mancunian union of bassists, Freebass, is no longer a functioning group. Recent events have made Freebass entirely unviable as a band and, with this in mind, it has been decided that the project should be shelved, rather than placed on hiatus while members pursue their other interests. The band would like to take the opportunity to thanks friends and fans for their support and interest, especially on the UK tour in June 2010. We also hope that people will enjoy the album, which concludes five years of work, and treat it on its own merits. No third parties were involved or harmed in the break-up.”