The Zen Arcade pull the plug

Band involved three members of The Strypes.

“Hello folks, we’ve decided to break up. Thanks for listening, watching, reading and caring”.

The goodbye couldn’t have been more succinct, nor heartfelt, signed off by “Pete, Evan, Ross, Becky and Sam”.

The Zen Arcade, formed from the ashes of the The Strypes following their late 2018 split, last week announced they too were breaking up.

Delivering a garage rock orientated sound to the hit rhythm and blues predecessor; The Zen Arcade included three former Strypes members- Ross Farrelly, Even Walsh, and Pete O’Hanlon.

The five-piece have released their debut single, ‘Don't Say A Word’, to rave reviews, while promoting the act via a popular podcast ‘Higher Fidelity’, and DIY fanzine ‘Cro-Mag-Non’.

Back in February the band announced they were cancelling a planned UK tour stating: “We are pulling back from live music for the rest of the year to focus on finishing our first album.”

As members of The Strypes, the Cavan four piece released three critically acclaimed albums. They also toured the world extensively, with notable appearances at Glastonbury and Fuji Rocks, and were celebrated by the likes of Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl, Jools Holland, and The Arctic Monkeys.

Drummer Evan Walsh recently unveiled his new band playing Blessfest last month.

The new act also includes Danny Gallagher (Lead Vox/Guitar), Brandon Carrig (Lead Guitar), Ben Spelman (Bass Guitar).