There is a bit of sad news for fans of Swedish music today. The Concretes' Victoria Bergsman has decided to split from the band in order to pursue a solo career. The founding member of The Concretes did not play with the band at Spain's Summercase Festival, and will not be in any of the upcoming shows. The band is going to continue and is currently working on new material. Below is the official statement.
These are bitter times indeed. We do not really know how to tell you, perhaps the terse text of our press release says it best:
The Concretes have announced that lead singer Victoria Bergsman is departing the band to pursue a solo career. The band will continue playing together and are currently drafting songs for a new album. They performed without Bergsman at the Summercase Festival in Spain. They apologise to fans who were hoping to see them perform together.
Victoria Bergsman was an original member of the The Concretes, forming the band with Lisa Milberg (drums / vocals) and Maria Eriksson (guitar / vocals) in Stockholm in 1995. Since that time the band have released two albums, the eponymous debut from 2004 featuring the singles "You Can't Hurry Love", "Say Something New" and "Warm Night"; and this year's In Colour. The Concretes' performance of recent single "On The Radio" on the last series of the Jonathan Ross TV Show is the last time the band will have played together prior to Bergsman's departure.
Anyway... Life goes on. We are working on new stuff and so is Victoria. We wish her the best of luck.
/The Concretes xxx"