Sad news for all the fans of Manchester rockers Alfie...they are no more.
Alfie announced yesterday on their website that Sam Morris, Lee Gorton, Ian Smith, Matthew McGeerer, and Sean Kelly would be going their separate ways.
On their website Morris left a message trying to explain the band's decision, "Around four weeks ago we played a gig in life caf» in Manchester. I'm a little saddened to inform you that it was our last gig. Alfie are no longer a band. The reasons behind the decision are varied, but the main feeling was that it had seemed to run its course. As you know, we have always endeavoured to stay "true to ourselves" musically, and we perhaps somewhat naively thought that this would be sufficient to catapult us into the upper stratosphere of the popular music world. It wasn't, and unfortunately, although it's true that a single note of one of our songs holds more worth than ten thousand James Blunt albums (a chilling thought) this has never been apparent to the record buying public as a whole. We wanted it to work, you wanted it to work, the record company wanted it to work. So the question remains: where did everyone else's loving go, for frig's sake? Well I don't know where their loving went, but I know their cash went straight into the crazy frog's wackily amphibious bank account."
While Gorton only wanted to thank their loyal fans, "But, finally one last shout out has to go to you lot, our fans. Thanks so much for coming to all the gigs,(again, i'm proud to have shared a part in what i'll always consider many special and occasionally glorious nights), thanks for buying our records ,(4 albums eh! not bad for a bunch of "ramshackle northern chancers"), and thanks for generally fighting our corner, (Chin up 'team alfies', it's definately not your fault that the world won't listen!). So to part, it's the ultimate cliche i know, but it's the truth that we'd have fallen apart long ago if it wasn't for all you guys. Whether you've been with us from those precarious beginnings or if you've only just joined us as this ship sinks under troubled waters, i hope we've not let anyone down. Thanks again, sincerely and with much love, lee gorton."
Alfie's last studio album Crying at Teatime was released in May.
Writer: Michelle Garcia