I can remember the first time I was played JJ72's self-titled LP a few years ago. It is still hard to believe that it was well over six years ago when I was introduced to this Irish rock trio. With mountains of potential, this brilliant group just never got off the ground here in North America. Perhaps it was frontman Mark Greaney's over the top falsetto vocals, or that radio was more concerned with the rap-rock craze rather than well crafted guitar pop, but they never got a fair shake here in the States. Sadly, now it is too late as the band has decided to call it quits. According to NME, the band cites record company issues for the break up.
The band posted a statement on their official website, which read:
Reader, we are to let thee know,
JJ72's body only lies below;
For could the grave JJ's soul comprise,
Earth would be richer than the skies.
JJ72 was born during an Easter many seasons ago; today it dies on the cusp of midsummer eleven years later.
Mark Greaney, Fergal Matthews & Sarah Fox wish to express their deepest and darkest gratitude to all of those with impeccable taste who helped and supported the band.
We remember everything, from mechanical birds in Japan to angels in arid Arizona, from broken bones and Berlin birthdays to predatory Portsmouth spiders. For those who disliked and perhaps despised (gasp) JJ72, thank you - how did beautiful photographs exist without a negative?! We crafted two monuments of magnificence for the future aural pleasure and pain of all would be JJ believers and doubters....and for those who care not for the passing of the petulant yet powerful pup....shame on you! Thank you to Hilary Woods for being a dazzling damsel and thank you to all who played music in/with the band. You know who you are.
On a more positive note, Mark Greaney is currently working in the studio on his new project. Hopefully some more information will pop up before long regarding his new tunes.