Though The Rakes were delighted to give us a preview of their latest album, Klang, last spring, touching down in NYC for a whirlwind set of shows around town (and taking time out to pose for Sentimentalist Magazine’s spring 09 cover), it was all very unofficial, since the album is only just being released here digitally on October 20th.  And now they’ve sadly gone and broken up.

The band who formed in 2002, came together as a foursome of childhood friends and kindred sprits and went on to release three critically acclaimed albums; the first Capture/Release in 2005, followed by Ten New Messages in 2007 and Klang (2009).  Both the October UK tour and American dates are cancelled and full refunds will be given to ticket holders.

A statement from the band reads:

“The Rakes have always been very adamant and proud of the fact that we give 100% to every gig we’ve ever played. If we can’t give it everything then we won’t do it. That was the rule we set ourselves from day one.

–photo by Scott Irvine