De La Cruz Call It Quits After One Album
March 25, 2014
After one critically acclaimed full-length album De La Cruz have made the decision to split up.
“We’ve decided to part ways and move onto new projects,” said the Australian rockers in a recent statement. “We apologise for keeping you in the dark through the start of 2014, but we hope you understand that this hasn’t been an easy decision for us to make. We want to thank everyone for their support over the last few years. We’ve had an absolute blast and owe all our success to you. Right now we’re going to have a beer, and raise our glasses to all you De La Cruz fans worldwide. You’ll always be the raddest fucks around.”
De La Cruz’ full-length debut ‘Street Level’ was released in March of last year by Frontiers Records. Sleaze Roxx stated that “The sound quality of Street Level is very pristine and clean, being produced by Casey Jones. He could easily be rock’s next guitar God, and as most of us following the music industry will know there haven’t been very many worthy of that category in the last 20 years.”
De La Cruz were born from the meeting between guitarist Casey Jones — a guy born and raised with ’80s rock music — and Auckland born singer Roxxi Catalano. With Catalano’s air-raid siren vocals, street level attitude and Jones’ fretboard melting riffs and string-searing shred, the pair instantly clicked musically and through a shared passion for ’80s arena-style rock and musical respect the dream was started. Jones and Catalano recorded several demos via the internet over the next few years, until they put together the right line-up, adding Rory Joy on guitar, Grant Daniell on bass and Lacey Lane on drums.
A few short weeks after ‘Street Level’s release Jones walked away from the group and was replaced by Stevie Strange.
“Over the last few months tensions have risen in the DLC camp,” said Jones about his decision to leave the band. “Not between any of us as friends, but on a business level due to the growing need for us to spend 95% + of our time on the management side of things rather than engaging with our music, fans and creating new and exciting tunes. I never got into music to make money, get free stuff (although thats kinda rad), or for the business side of the music industry. Whilst I have learnt a lot about these areas and have gained a lot of skills, I just don’t have fun like I used to. The music has gone. I can now understand why bands fall apart, not due to friendships or rivalry within the band, but because of the immense pressure, stress and somewhat disheartening cutthroat nature of the music industry, the culture and the way it is run by the powers that be.”
Courtesy of sleazeroxx.com