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Champion comments on break-up

Saturday, March 4, 2006 10:55 PM PT


Roughly five weeks after their break-up became public, Champion frontman Jim Hesketh has released a statement regarding the move:

"After 7 years, one full length, two 7" eps, one split ep with friends, Betrayed, countless tours spanning Asia, Europe, Australia, Caribbean, and North America, Champion, the straightedge band based out of Seattle Washington has decided to call it quits. While in the process of writing for the 2nd full length we realized that the band might be better put to rest. The amount of touring we had done on the 1st full-length was so extreme that in a way we wore ourselves out. Champion was started as something we did for fun. We wanted to create hardcore music the way we liked. Trying to gear up for the new record and crazy touring schedule left us all feeling like it was more of a job to us than our passion. There is nothing I loved more than touring, being on the road, seeing new faces every night, seeing familiar faces from the time before. It was my favorite aspects of Champion. But there came a point when things became to feel like a business to us. We have always had problems keeping people in the band who can keep up with our hectic touring schedule so there were always people in and out of the band. With all the pressure to do another record and to tour, it wasn't what we 'wanted' to do anymore; it was what we 'had' to do. So before making any commitments that we would be bound to, we decided to end it now, while everyone in the band was still friends and still loved everything we did together as a band. No one sold out. Todd and Aram will continue with their band Betrayed, myself and Chris will go into hiding and show our faces time and time again at shows in the pit like we always have. We will be doing our final show May 27th in Seattle at El Corazon. The Answer, Sinking Ships, Allegiance, and Outbreak will be playing. Champion was my everything for 7 years of my life, now it is time to move on and it's hard for me to do. I hope everyone can come out for our last show. Thank you for the memories."


29 comments


3/4/2006 10:59:39 PM
first, no care

3/4/2006 11:00:11 PM
nigereZ goo pahrt nippl3 TURd.

3/4/2006 11:17:44 PM
Seattle is just a bit too far from Milwaukee.

3/4/2006 11:27:42 PM
i feel Betrayed

3/5/2006 12:04:11 AM
Breaking up isn't The Answer

3/5/2006 12:29:37 AM
soooooooooooo stoked for the 27th

3/5/2006 1:07:14 AM
great fcking band... so sad to see them go.

3/5/2006 1:15:34 AM
i'm pumped to hear the new split.

3/5/2006 1:45:32 AM
wow that sounds really sincere. good luck in the future you're a bigger man than me, just letting go and moving on.

3/5/2006 2:12:25 AM
saw them for the first and probably the last time at the Rivalry Showcase, they were fcking awesome, its really sad to see them go

3/5/2006 3:56:13 AM
i'm not into hardcore, but i think its pretty awesome why they broke up. shows they really felt their music.

3/5/2006 5:19:43 AM
I swear all the bands today are way too in touch with their emotions..."we felt like it" "we had to" man stop bitching and just make music or shut up, plain and simple. It's not like their fans will still be edge next year anyway.

3/5/2006 6:30:59 AM
i would've kept it going for the money. sad news though.

3/5/2006 8:24:34 AM
Not in to this band AT ALL. But respect that decision. What all bands have to realize before they even go on tour, is that to take things seriously, it has to become business at some point.

3/5/2006 10:22:46 AM
the ghost of chain of strength will now be put at rest

3/5/2006 11:03:11 AM
posi fadeout. awesome. i got to see this band about 10 times, and every time was so much fun and entertaining. all good releases, broken up before going sour. amazing.

3/5/2006 11:33:37 AM
I don't like this band, but it's good that they broke up before they got worse from a lack of passion in their music

3/5/2006 1:33:07 PM
Great band. Sad to see them go, but they are quitting for the right reasons on good terms, so it's ok.

3/5/2006 4:37:32 PM
Never really got into them either, but I have always respected them for their heart and passion. This statement solidifies that notion.

3/5/2006 4:41:29 PM
this band had songs

3/5/2006 5:33:42 PM
champion was amazing

3/5/2006 8:48:32 PM
this is very unfortuanate

3/5/2006 10:31:21 PM
This really bums me out, but i love the band, and i'm going to their last show

3/5/2006 11:40:22 PM
Bad news. fck all you haters. gays.

3/6/2006 1:50:00 AM
actually no one was really hating.

3/6/2006 3:22:34 AM
They made the right choice. It was either break up, or get worse, and they were already about as bad as you could get.

3/6/2006 4:38:55 AM
never like this band, but the reason for ending it was admirable....at least they didn't pull a No Warning.

3/6/2006 4:59:06 PM
such an amazing band still always sad to see them go but they went out on good terms. good luck to them.

3/7/2006 12:21:32 PM
one of the better bands I am sad to see go, totally legit and sincere reasons...its what happens when you start realizing you're getting older and things aren't getting easier.