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Beardfish split over 'various difficulties'

A promotional picture of Swedish prog band Beardfish

Beardfish have announced they’ve split, saying “disagreements and various difficulties” are to blame.

The Swedish prog heroes are calling it quits after a career that spanned 15 years and eight studio albums. Their most recent release was 2015’s +4626-COMFORTZONE.

In a statement, the band say: “After a longer hiatus and some disagreements and various difficulties within the band we have decided to call it quits. This was not an easy choice to make.

“Beardfish has always been our main musical outlet – a proper garage band – the kind that meet up in the rehearsal studio and try out new material together for long, massive sessions at a time.

“Some of the best times of our lives have been spent together on the road, in the studio and just hanging out.

“Growing up, having families and all that has made that particular way of working very difficult, leading to long periods where we haven’t been able to rehearse. And we like to play.”

They continue: “We’ve had a very good run though. Eight albums in 15 years. We’ve toured with some great bands. We’ve met amazing people and found friends in places we’d never been before.

“We want to thank everyone who has supported us throughout the years, you guys are fantastic and the prog community is a very special place to be a part of.”

Beardfish add that the individual members will continue to work in music in some capacity. “We spent our youth and our early adulthood as Beardfish and we grew up within the band,” they say.

“Individually we will now venture out into other musical projects. No matter what, Beardfish has been very special and we will all hold it close to our hearts, but right now it’s time for new adventures.”

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