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After 10 years together, which spawned six albums, Vancouver favourites The Buttless Chaps are disbanding.

In a preliminary phone conversation about his upcoming appearance on this Friday's R3-30, Chaps lead singer Dave Gowans spilled the beans about the demise of his beloved band.

Citing a basic desire to 'move on' after a decade's worth of work, Gowans and his bandmates, Morgan McDonald, Lasse Lutick, Dan Gaucher, and Ida Nilsen have amicably agreed to retire The Buttless Chaps after their already-scheduled appearance at the Dawson City Music Festival in July and a final, yet-to-be-scheduled hometown show in Vancouver.

Rather than write a follow-up to 2008's Cartography, for now, each member will continue to work on other projects, such as Great Aunt Ida, The Violet Archers, Fond of Tigers, and Gowans' new project, Cloudsplitter.

Honing an utterly unique sound that fused honest-to-goodness country music with disco-laden electronica, The Buttless Chaps may never receive the accolades they deserve, but they were originals who will be missed on the Canadian touring circuit.

Tune into the R3-30 this Friday at 9:00 AM PST/12:00 PM EST right here at cbcradio3.com to hear more about The Buttless Chaps from Dave Gowans himself.

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The Buttless Chaps Calling it Quits

After 10 years together, which spawned six albums, Vancouver favourites The Buttless Chaps are disban…

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Lauren Burrows
#1 posted by
Lauren Burrows
on Jan 07, 2009
Besides making great music, this band also created my favourite piece of band merch ever - Buttless Chapstick!

Guess I'd better stock up...
canfoo
#2 posted by
canfoo
on Jan 07, 2009
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

They just released their best work ever!
Scott Muc
#3 posted by
Scott Muc
on Jan 08, 2009
Nooooooo!

I'm going to miss them.
miguelkawasaki
#4 posted by
miguelkawasaki
on Jan 12, 2009
they have been a constant creative, energetic, absurd, lovely, courageous, unique, and honest inspiration for me. if moving on is the right move i have to accept it, i'm 28, since i was 18 i've been a fan. thank you for all the good times as i've tried to grow up. forever loved and appreciated and i look forward to hearing more of the individual projects. to my favourite band, yours,
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