Little Red Break Up: Anatomy Of The Split

16 August 2012 | 9:54 am | Scott Fitzsimons

After much speculation, Little Red have confirmed the inevitable

Melbourne's Little Red have announced their split after speculation over their future had been mounting since an exodus of members.

The band posted a statement on their website which read, "It's been 6 really great years of performing live across Australia and around the world, but it's time for Little Red to say farewell, as the original members have parted ways."

Despite signing a deal for the release of their second album Midnight Remember through Matador imprint Tru Panther in August last year, internal tensions are believed to have grown towards the end on 2011.

In late December the band's management told that the band hadn't brokenup - despite rumours - and said that "at the moment, no members of the band have left".

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In April this year, vocalist and songwriter with the band Tom Hartney announced his intention to leave the band and focus on his side project, Major Tom & The Atoms.

At the time he said, "Although more recently with Little Red I have mostly found myself behind the keyboards, my true passion has always been singing."

The in July, Quang Dinh followed suit with his new band Naked Bodies.

"The fuel tank is empty," he said. "As you make a contract with life, you make a contract with death. And without sadness, there will be no more footsteps here."

They are not the only members who were focusing on a side project, since last year drummer Taka Honda has been putting a lot of effort into his - sometimes controversial - band The Hondas.

The only members of the band who will continue to create music together are Dominic Byrne and Adrian Beltrame, who are leading New Gods.

The name Little Red will be retired.

Little Red shot into the music scene's psyche with their infectious garage-pop track Coca-Cola. Entering a V Festival competition to play at the event in 2008, the festival felt they'd discovered a good thing and promoted the band - and the competition's sponsors - heavily.

It proved to be a launch pad for the band, who released Listen To Little Red independently before Michael Gudinski took a shining to them and made sure they were with the Mushroom Group when they released their second albumMidnight Rememberin 2010.

The lead single from that record, Rock It, won them second place in the triple j Hottest 100 that year.

Major Tom & The Atoms:

The controversial video from Taka Honda's The Hondas: