In a statement on their official Facebook page, the band confirmed that they will be breaking up after their tour with Oceans Ate Alaska. The news of their break up follows the death of their bandmate George Christie earlier this year.
Read the full statement below:
“In January we suffered the loss of our best friend and brother. Since then we’ve played shows big and small, filmed and dropped a new music video and released our debut album “Life In Exile” followed by a truly amazing and gratifying hometown album launch show in London surrounded by friends, family and fans.
While we are proud of all of this, sadly we no longer find happiness from being in Shields. Despite our commitment and drive to make Shields the biggest success it can be, every band practice, show, administrative and organizational decision we make is colored by the death of George and with that comes inevitable pain.
For our health, we have decided to end Shields. Our final tour will be supporting Oceans Ate Alaska and Kingdom Of Giants this month across the United Kingdom and a handful of shows in mainland Europe.
We want to thank the following people who have all contributed to shields achievements in some form or another. A band is so much more than 4-5 members that play shows…
Josh Korel, Jeremiah Scarim, Angelo Pandolfi, Oli Duncanson, Chris Porter, Zak Pinchin, Daniel Kerr, Christoph Wieczorek, Peter Leukhardt, George Lever, Paula Nahlen, Jamie-lee Underwood, Martin Huynh, Connor Sweeney, Benjamin Black, Andre Caudebec, Toyan St.Hilare, Maarten Jansen, Liam Byrne, Jan Philip Katzbach, Florian Kreutzfeldt, Matt Benton, James Monteith, Houston Robertson.
We don’t know what the future holds for us individually when it comes to music, we will all continue to write music in some way or another. Time will tell.”
The band will be heading out on their final tour with Oceans Ate Alaska and Kingdom Of Giants later this month. Check out the full list of cities and dates below.
06/21 – London (UK) @ Boston Music Room
06/22 – York (UK) @ Fibbers (Updated show ft. OAA, KOG, Shields)
06/23 – Glasgow (UK) @ Garage Attic
06/24 – Sheffield (UK) @ Mulberry
06/25 – Newcastle (UK) @ Think Tank
06/26 – Birmingham (UK) @ Mama Roux’s
06/27 – Manchester (UK) @ Rebellion
06/28 – Bristol (UK) @ The Exchange
06/29 – Plymouth (UK) @ Underground
06/30 – Southampton (UK) @ Joiners
07/01 – Northamptonshire (UK) @ Hop Fest
07/03 – Paris (FR) @ Petit Bain
07/04 – Zurich (CH) @ Werk21
07/05 – Ljubljana (SI) @ Channel Zero
07/07 – Rock Den See Festival (Shields only)