Zelktage began activities back in April 2012, but their time is already coming to an end.
A couple of weeks ago, Zelktage announced their intentions to disband following a one-man show in March. While the official announcement and member comments don’t reveal much about the circumstances surrounding the decision, we have translated both in full below (translated by yours truly):
To all of Zelktage’s supporters
Thank you for your continuous support for Zelktage.
Zelktage has continued with band activities since April 2012,
But following our one-man performance 「頂」on 2015-3-22,
we will end band activities and disband.
The result of discussions among members concerning Zelktage’s future
Was that it would be difficult to continue on with band activities,
So we decided to make this announcement.
We sincerely apologize to all of our continuous supporters.
Below, we have published comments from each member.
There is only a little bit of time left, but all of the members
Will continue on with each and every show in our schedule with all of our power.
Please continue to give us your support until the end.
2015-1-11 The Members of Zelktage
I’m really sorry for this sudden announcement.
Like the passage above says, Zelktage will disband on 3/22.
A lot of things have happened from our beginning until now.
When I think back, I think this is the first time in my life that
I’ve experienced so many strong emotions.
To all of our fans and staff involved,
I’m so, so thankful that I can’t say it enough.
I had so many fights, laughs, tears, and fun with the members.
I love them and all of our supporters.
As my last selfish wish, since this is something that we decided,
Even though it’s sad,
I want you to follow us smiling.
3/22 will come in a flash.
I want to face 3/22 without faltering, and with everyone’s smiles.
And I want us all to say, “Thank you for supporting us.”
And you’ll all say, “Thank you for having fun with us.”
So, lend us all the power you can give until the end.
Like our announcement says,
Zelktage will disband on 3/22.
This is the decision we came to after discussions made as a band.
Thank you for all of your support.
In this past 3 years, we’ve played with the hopes of doing something
That only the 4 of us could do.
There were lots of hard times,
But I believe that, more than that, it was a meaningful experience.
This news may be sad,
But we’ll play with more power than ever before until 3/22, of course.
I want to enjoy Zelktage until the very last moment.
There’s only a little bit of time left,
But I want to play shows that convey our gratitude to everyone,
So please give us all of your power, too!
The decision to disband was made by members and staff alike
After many, many meetings.
I don’t regret making this announcement.
So, I really hope you can understand our decision.
This may be inappropriate for me to say,
But I want you to listen to my last selfish request.
I can’t write out everything I’m thinking in words right now.
At our last one-man on 3/22,
I want to express [what I want to say] to you with my own mouth, my own voice, and my own music.
Please forgive the fact that I can’t write it out here.
So, we have no intentions of playing our last lives
In any sort of stingy or crappy way.
Let’s rock out until the end, everyone!
All of our supporters, I’m truly sorry
That we have such disappointing news.
In answer to many meetings among the band members,
We’ve decided that Zelktage will disband following our 3/22 live.
I’m truly grateful
To all of our fans and staff for these past 3 years.
I can’t express all that I want to say with just words.
I’ll convey all of my gratitude at our shows.
Until the very last moment on 3/22, I’ll express all that I can.
There are only about 3 months left, but please continue to support us.
That final one-man show will take place on March 22nd at Shibuya REX. Tickets are free, but don’t forget to bring some money for your drink ticket.
If you can’t make it to the final one-man, you can still catch them at one of these shows below:
January 28th (Wed) @ Shibuya REX
February 3rd (Tue) @ Shibuya REX
February 13th (Fri) @ Shinjuku RUIDO K4
February 14th (Sat) @ Ikebukuro RUIDO K3
February 23rd (Mon) @ Shibuya REX
February 24th (Tue) @ Shibuya REX
March 2nd (Mon) @ Ikebukuro EDGE
Where the members will end up post-disbandment is unclear, but as soon as S-T hears word, we’ll let you know.