Departures werden sich auflösen. Die britische Melodic Hardcore-Band hatte schon seit längerem keine Konzerte gespielt, was mit dem Gesundheitszustand von Sänger James zu tun hatte. Dieser wurde 2017 mit dem sogenannten Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (vEDS) diagnostiziert, einer Herz-Kreislauf-Erkankung, die bei besonders hoher Belastung zu einem Herzinfarkt führen kann. Aus diesem Grund werden Departures nach zwei finalen Shows in Glasgow und London keine Konzerte mehr spielen und die Band auflösen. 2016 erschien mit „Death Touches Us, From The Moment We Begin To Love“ das zweite und bislang letzte Album von Departures. Hier das Statement:
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.