Sad news yesterday. After more than 20 years of creating beautiful music together and less than a month after the announcement of a new album, Puressence have have decided to go their separate ways. This message was posted on the band’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts yesterday:
“It is with great regret that I have to say Puressence have split for good. Thank you to anyone who has ever supported us, you know who you are.
I am quite taken aback by this, especially as it was so soon after the announcement of the new album.
In an interview I watched not too long ago (it was on YouTube so it’s possible it was quite old), James was quizzed about the lack of serious success for the band. He responded by telling the reporter that Puressence makes music that moves people, that’s all they care about. Once that stops happening, it’s time for them to stop. Well that time seems to have come, at least from the band’s perspective.
The guys haven’t had an easy time of it over the years, with success and everything that comes with it almost within their grasp, but never quite close enough to grab. In latter years the band members have had to resort to playing weekend gigs so they could continue to work day jobs in the week to pay the bills. As I’ve previously written, I feel bad for them never having achieved this much-deserved success. But from a purely selfish point of view, I’m glad they’re a gem that I (and several thousand other die-hard fans ;-)) “discovered.” Still, through it all they soldiered on and released five stunning albums, as well as a host of singles. For that, we can be thankful. And although the band are no more, we can live in hope of one day seeing them reunite for a gig or two, and look forward to some new projects from the various band members.
So here’s to you, guys. Thanks for all the great music these past two decades, and all the best for the future!
November 28th 2013