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Beta Band to split after UK tour
The Beta Band
Members of The Beta Band will pursue film and solo work
Experimental group The Beta Band have announced they will split following an autumn UK tour.

The four-piece Edinburgh band blended guitars with electronica on three critically-acclaimed albums.

Despite a loyal underground following, they had only two Top 40 hit singles - the latest being Assessment in April.

"Eight years of hard work and critical acclaim but little return in terms of commercial success inevitably takes its toll," the band said on its website.

Solo work

Bassist Richard Greentree said: "The Beta Band apple has over-ripened and become riddled with maggots, it must fall from the tree and let its seeds return to ground."

Greentree and singer Steve Mason are working on solo albums, while DJ and sampler John Maclean will keep "his foot in the musical door", while also pursuing film work.

"The same can be said for [drummer] Robin [Jones], who'll also divide his time between his twin loves, film and music," the band said.

After releasing The Three EPs compilation, The Beta Band described their first full album in 1999 as "the worst record made this year".

Single setback

Critics disagreed, and subsequent albums Hot Shots II and this year's Heroes To Zeros received an even warmer welcome.

The band suffered a setback in 2001 when it transpired that their planned single Squares used the same easy listening sample as electronica act I Monster's hit Daydream in Blue. The Beta Band subsequently withdrew their single.

The band will embark on a farewell tour of the UK this autumn, with dates yet to be announced.

A DVD featuring a collection of videos and film work made by the band is due to be released in 2005.


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