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- Posted on Apr 15th 2011 2:55PM by Jason MacNeil
"Simply put, the Stills have broken up," the band wrote on its site April 15 in a lengthy message addressed to "Dearest Friends of the Stills," adding that they took the last several months to "think it over and let the dust settle" before calling it a day.
"We love each other, we have taught each other, and we've grown up together, through all kinds of madness and years and twists and turns, and we spent the better part of the last year trying to keep it going for each other, out of love for one another and out of respect for our long past together," they said.
"But ultimately, the best decision for each one of us, and in order for each of us to live fully, creatively, and freely, being true to our hearts, this had to happen."
The band -- consisting of Tim Fletcher, Dave Hamelin, Liam O'Neil, Greg Paquet and Olivier Corbeil -- added that the toughest part of the announcement was breaking the news to their fans.
"You held us up, you encouraged us, and you made this a profound and deeply meaningful journey for each of us. Please know in your hearts that we felt your love and will always keep it with us in our own hearts as we move on through life."
Having formed in 2001, the quartet signed to Vice Records before releasing the 'Rememberese' EP in 2003 followed by their full-length debut, 'Logic Will Break Your Heart,' that same year. Their sophomore album, 'Without Feathers,' was issued in 2006 with their final effort, 'Oceans Will Rise,' arriving in 2008 (the latter earned them a Juno Award in 2009 for Alternative Album of the Year while the band took the honour for Best New Group).
The Stills, perhaps best known for the single 'Being Here,' also supported several artists including Kings Of Leon, Metric and Paul McCartney in 2008 before an estimated 270,000 people in Quebec City as part of the city's 400th anniversary.
The band has declined to comment further on the breakup.