Hometown showcase for St Ives band before bowing out

Violet Bones. Picture: ANDY PORTER

Violet Bones. Picture: ANDY PORTER - Credit: Archant

They’re a garage rock band from St Ives who have shared a stage with musical heavyweights such as The New York Dolls, Ed Sheeran, and Ash.

And now the Violet Bones boys are unplugging the guitar leads, putting away the drumkit and turning off the microphone to move on to new projects.

To end their time together on a high note, the four-piece will play a gig at the St Ives Corn Exchange on Saturday, March 28. They will be supported on the night by Solomon Smith, Tom Lumley and the Paul Hegley Band.

The group formed in late 2009, off the back of 9ofoldpunch. As Violet Bones, they released first single I Feel the Need in 2010, which became a www,play.com’s number one downloaded single for more than a week.

They went on to put out more music whilst touring extensively alongside a long list of notable groups such as Pulled Apart By Horses, CSS, and Cage the Elephant.

After signing to indie lable The Animal Farm, the band released its full-lenght LP Decline of Vaudeville in early 2013. The album was also licensed in Germany, and the band embarked on a tour around the country that year.

Vocalist and guitarist Si Dartford said: “Late last year we decided that we had achieved everything that we could as a band and decided to move on to new and exciting opportunities.

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“Being based in St Ives we felt that this was the best place for it. In fact one of our first ever gigs was at Floods Tavern when we were just school boys - we have gigged there as our home show ever since.

“It is sad for all of us to call it a day, but we are all moving on with new projects, musically and in other areas. We have acheieved a lot as band and are very proud of what we have done. So it will be great to have one last gig to have the chance to thank everyone who has supported us over the years.”

INFORMATION: The gig will start at 7.30pm. Tickets, which cost £8, are available from the Corn Exchange in person, by calling 01480 496454, or visiting www.violetbones.com/tickets.