Departures to call it a day

2019-11-08 by Kurai | 52 Comments
Scottish Melodic Hardcore band Departures will be splitting up following two shows in February next year (one in Scotland and one in London). The reason for this split is due to the health of vocalist James McCean, who has had health issues following a heart attack he suffered on stage while on tour with Touche Amore in February 2017. Full statement from the band below:

A few of you have probably noticed that we've been quiet for the last while. As you may or may not know, I had a heart attack during the Touche Amore tour in Leeds in 2017. We played a show in Glasgow last August, but a few months after that I was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (vEDS), an extremely rare condition that essentially means my entire vascular system is fragile, and this was the cause of the heart attack.

With daily medication I can lead a fairly normal life. It does however place some constraints on what I can and can’t do, and this frustratingly means that I can’t do a whole lot of physical activity. No specialist is able to say for sure if singing the way I do is what triggered the heart attack, but my body tells me it must have played some role.

When people find out they have vEDS, it usually costs them their lives, so I am very lucky to still be alive. I have wrestled with this fact for a good while now and realised that it’s probably for the best that I don’t sing the way I do anymore. So it is with the heaviest [and damaged] of hearts that we bring Departures to an end.

We are going to play two last shows to say thank you to everyone that has ever cared about this band. We’ve managed to do so much more than we could have ever imagined and the amount of support we have received throughout the years has never stopped blowing our minds.

I may not be able to give it everything the way that I used to, so we need as many of you as possible to come to these shows and lend us your voice, and say goodbye to Departures with us.

The biggest love for absolutely everything you've done for us.

-- James, Danny, Andy, Sean and Ally.


https://www.facebook.com/departuresuk/

Tickets:

Glasgow - https://bit.ly/2CxssTP
London - https://bit.ly/2Nq9cO8

Tagged: Departures

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dimsim3478
November 8th 2019
8786 Comments


love this band. shame to see em go but no better reason than "continuing to sing could literally kill me"

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Kurai
November 8th 2019
415 Comments


Yeah, I’m gutted as they are genuinely one of my favourite bands to the extent that I named my band after a song from their last album. However, the reasoning is 100% valid, even if it takes the piss that yet another one of my favourite bands splits up while mediocre bands like Nickelback and Scouting for Girls continue to release music.

SteakByrnes
November 8th 2019
20016 Comments


Damn this is unfortunate, these guys were so good. Hope the homie stays healthy

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2019
26868 Comments


This is a very sad reason to not be able to play music anymore.

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Pikazilla
November 8th 2019
11473 Comments


:'{

Lizardwave
November 8th 2019
78 Comments


i think it’s great that instead of trying to find another vocalist they’re just calling it quits. shows how much they care about their friend. mad respect

momentsofclarity
November 8th 2019
542 Comments


totally respectable move. hope he stays healthy

Uzumaki
November 8th 2019
2546 Comments


That sucks they have to disband, but totally understand why. Hope he stays healthy!

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Source
November 8th 2019
18491 Comments


they have departed

JayEnder
November 8th 2019
7688 Comments


I hope James makes a full recovery, but man... I am absolutely gutted by this.

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Lender
November 8th 2019
159 Comments


This sucks. I loved these guys and was actually hoping for a new album. All the best to James.

Sinternet
November 8th 2019
22747 Comments


sad news having to be forced into this through health stuff but ultimately the best thing they could have done, great band in any case. hopefully some of the members will go on to other projects because theyre all pretty talented

botb
November 8th 2019
13950 Comments


Rip to one of the modern UK greats

Kurai
November 8th 2019
415 Comments


"sad news having to be forced into this through health stuff but ultimately the best thing they could have done, great band in any case. hopefully some of the members will go on to other projects because theyre all pretty talented"

Their guitarist Danny is in a band called Antiguo that meld Melodic Hardcore with Post Punk. I definitely recommend checking them out

Darius The Imposter
November 8th 2019
22369 Comments


is this band any good

JayEnder
November 8th 2019
7688 Comments


If you're into melodic hardcore these guys are top tier. Definitely check em out.

SteakByrnes
November 8th 2019
20016 Comments


Band slaps

butt.
November 8th 2019
7704 Comments


I bet they became a band simply so people could easy puns when they inevitably broke up

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TheEnygma
November 8th 2019
103 Comments


(reads title)

............too easy.

twlichty
November 8th 2019
4392 Comments


departures to depart

ian b
November 8th 2019
919 Comments


this is the saddest fucking news ever i hope his health can improve and be able to do the shows at least without trouble. at least they left behind one of the most impressive discographies of any modern underground emo band around so i'm not too upset

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 8th 2019
57764 Comments


how the absolute fuck is this not called Departures Depart i'm fucking shaking

IDiot.

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Dreampop
November 8th 2019
21 Comments


Holy fuck, this band was great! Sad to see they're calling it quits but understandable. I hope James and the rest of the band finds happiness in future endeavours.

henryChinaski
November 8th 2019
4360 Comments


Sucks, great band.

Speed512
November 8th 2019
211 Comments


The 2010s are now even starting to feel like they’re coming to end.

Relinquished
November 8th 2019
45089 Comments


yea no shit

calmrose
November 8th 2019
5669 Comments


lol

onionbubs
November 8th 2019
12554 Comments


fuck sad day last album was amazing

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BigTuna
November 8th 2019
5413 Comments


dude Weak Before Winter from the Escaping EP is still one of my favorite songs ever

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0xME
November 8th 2019
537 Comments


Departures departing

JayEnder
November 8th 2019
7688 Comments


@tuna yeeeah buddy

Only the real ones know about Fuck Living With Sadness.

FearThyEvil
November 9th 2019
17277 Comments


rip, great band

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dangerousdarrin
November 9th 2019
173 Comments


I saw this coming after I saw footage from a recent show they played. He seemed very reluctant to scream.

Kurai
November 9th 2019
415 Comments


Yeah, they went pretty quiet after that show, but of course, that's due to his diagnosis.

FirstStrikeIsDeadly
November 9th 2019
1128 Comments


No "Departures depart the music industry" headline?

Deathconscious
November 9th 2019
25077 Comments


Fucking tragic. Imagine having to quit something you love because it could kill you. RIP, i loved this band.

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Kurai
November 10th 2019
415 Comments


^ This, the most tragic thing is that it seems like the band would happily continue if this wasn't the case. Even more tragic than the fact that they're splitting up while Nickelback, Falling in Reverse, Scouting for Girls, Brokencyde, and 30 Seconds to Mars are still active.

JayEnder
November 10th 2019
7688 Comments


Gonna miss these guys and Casey.

Spec
November 11th 2019
35969 Comments


This shit sucks man.

Kurai
November 11th 2019
415 Comments


Departures and Casey splitting a year apart from each other is pretty heartbreaking. I also get the feeling that Touche Amore might split up after their next album...

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2019
57320 Comments


This is the worst. Wish I had a chance to see them live

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Dummit
November 12th 2019
390 Comments


Casey and then this. Even more sad than before. Totally understand, but sadd.

ian b
November 12th 2019
919 Comments


anybody else been jamming "Death Touches Us,,," much recently? i feel like it was such an overlooked record, and deserves tenfold of the fans bc it is easily their most cohesive album imho

Pajolero
November 12th 2019
1101 Comments


Easily best among their peers. Sad to see them go, but health has to come first.

Shukal
November 12th 2019
61 Comments


Sad news. Again one melodic hardcore band less. They were one of my favourites.

Kurai
November 12th 2019
415 Comments


Death Touches Us definitely deserved more attention, possibly one of my favourite albums of the decade (although I’m always flip flopping between that and Teenage Haze). It’s unfortunate that it came out at a time when the Rock Press (I.e. Kerrang! and Rock Sound) were trying to push 5 Seconds of Summer as a Rock Band and the underground scene wasn’t getting as much attention as it has been in the past couple of years.

Deathconscious
November 12th 2019
25077 Comments


The first two are my favorites but i like Death a lot too.

JayEnder
November 14th 2019
7688 Comments


Death Touches Us is super underrated. Memorial makes me cry occasionally, It's just so sad.

Kurai
November 14th 2019
415 Comments


^ In hindsight, Memorial is actually a pretty decent swansong for them

SteakByrnes
November 14th 2019
20016 Comments


When Losing Everything is such a damn good album, jammed it a few days ago and it still slaps

MoltenIce
November 16th 2019
15 Comments


i don't know this behind but i certainly found "I may not be able to give it everything the way that I used to, so we need as many of you as possible to come to these shows and lend us your voice, and say goodbye to Departures with us." very poignant

Winsomniac
November 18th 2019
8766 Comments


Emotive melodic hardcore vocalist has to quit because his literal heart can't take the strain of tour life. This is some Shakespeare plot kinda shit.

Definitely a bummer. These guys released some really incredible stuff.



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