Per a Myspace blog post and a press release sent out to area media outlets by now-former frontman Cory Watson, local New Wave act Black Tie Dynasty--ever the line in the sand when it comes to area music fan tastes--has decided to call it quits. Says the band's Myspace post:
"Black Tie Dynasty, has officially announced this week that we have decided to break up. Our final show has been confirmed for Saturday, March 28th at the Granada Theater. We'd like to thank all of you, our fans for your undying support and wish we could have kept the band going forever, but we've decided to shift our focus to our individual lives. We appreciate everyone who purchased our albums, came to our shows and spread the word about the band over the years. You will all be dearly missed.
The announcement comes less than two months after the band released its second full-length record, Down Like Anyone--one that saw BTD branching out and experimenting (quite successfully) with sounds beyond the New Wave one with which it had become widely associated.
"It's an indication of where the third record will most likely go," Watson told the Observer at the time. Obviously, at this point, plans for that third record have been scrapped.
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Even despite its tumultuous reputation, Black Tie Dynasty was a band that accomplished quite a bit--having decent record sales, hitting the Billboard charts, earning legitimate area radio play, landing big time concert gigs.
But Black Tie Dynasty was a band with lofty, commercial goals. In the press release, Watson explains: "There are many reasons that forced us to make this decision, but we've been a band for the last ten years...if something was going to happen, it would have happened by now...we felt it was time to turn the page."
Full press release after the jump.
"Black Tie Dynasty Announces Their Break-Up"
January, 27th, 2009
Black Tie Dynasty, a staple of the Dallas Music Scene has officially announced this week that they have decided to break up. Their final show has been confirmed for Saturday, March 28th at the Granada Theater.
The band emphasizes that despite the move, their friendship still remains intact. "There are many reasons that forced us to make this decision, but we've been a band for the last ten years...if something was going to happen, it would have happened by now...we felt it was time to turn the page", says singer/guitarist Cory Watson. "The decision was based on a discussion we had long before we released our LP, Down Like Anyone, so we've been quietly aware of this possibility for some time".
The band experienced a great deal of local success with their 2005 Idol Records LP Movements, an album full of radio-ready hits and received thousands of spins from 102.1 The Edge. The album sold over 10,000 copies worldwide and singles' "Tender" and "I Like U" both charted in the Billboard Top 100 in the same week! The band, however, was sobered by the fact that even after those milestones were achieved they were still not in a position to quit their day jobs and turn to music full-time. The band took this in stride and decided to focus on their next record, upon which they abandoned their formula of radio ready songs in favor of a new sound that remained true to their trademark but was carried out with a less commercial approach.
They self-released their follow-up LP Down Like Anyone, in November 2008. Though they were proud of the album they made together it wasn't long before it was apparent to the band they were back where they started. Watson continues,..."We knew going in, Down Like Anyone was a less commercial record and if we didn't have a hit on our hands with Movements, this wasn't the record that was going to achieve that same level of commercial interest. However, we had to stay true to ourselves as artists and we followed through with integrity and made a record that we felt was much stronger than any of its predecessors".
The band wishes to thank all of its' loyal fans in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and all over the world who have supported the band along the way and wish to say that they so proud of the things they've accomplished and for the friendship