Trial Kennedy Split 'For A Number Of Reasons'

16 April 2012 | 10:31 am | Scott Fitzsimons

The Melbourne rock band will play a farewell tour in June.

Trial Kennedy have announced their split on their Facebook this morning. The Melbourne band released two albums, New Manic Art in 2008 and Living Undesigned last year.

After a number of EPs that garnered them major supports and festival appearances the band were picked up by Sony for their first album, which cracked the top 25 on the ARIA Album Chart. Following that album cycle they went independent for Living Undesigned, which snuck into the top 50.

Today on their Facebook the band posted:

"Friends, lovers and all people who have supported Trial Kennedy over the years. We come bearing some news….. Some news that the band has decided to call it a day. For a number of reasons all of us in the band have chosen to close down the project that is Trial Kennedy.

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"We are calling it a day with our heads held high for we have had the most incredible time as Trial Kennedy. We've had the amazing pleasure of writing and recording 2 albums that we loved, 2 EP's and a split EP, and have had the upmost pleasure of touring Australia literally hundreds of times.

"We have spent more hours in overcrowded and uncomfortably crammed 12 seater Europcar vans travelling up and down the Hume. We have slept on more floors and played more gigs to just the bar guy and the sound guy that we ever thought we would. We have been charged ridiculous amounts by Virgins excess charges on so many occasions we could have bought our own plane, and we have spent many years chasing the dream that is Trial Kennedy and we feel like we are walking away happy."

The long statement adds, "We are going to play our last final tour in June getting to all the places we can possibly can. We know some places will be upset that we didn't get there but this is all that is possible for us to get to and we hope if you are a fan of Trial Kennedy you will understand and come along to a show closest to you and enjoy your favourite songs and help us hang up the TK boots."

Supported by My Echo, the tour dates are:

Friday 8 June - Tempo, Brisbane
Saturday 9 June - Miami Tavern, Gold Coast
Friday 15 June - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (with After The Fall, Lovers Jump Creek)
Saturday 16 June - Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle (with The Delta Lions, Sendfire)
Friday 22 June - Jive, Adelaide (with Mayweather)
Saturday 23 June - Corner Hotel, Melbourne (with The Pretty Littles, Ikarii)

Tickets on sale Friday 19 April, 9am.