After six years, Wicklow five-piece Croupier have decided their chips are up and it’s time to call it a day. With an album and an EP under their belt, Croupier can certainly feel proud of their time together, which has taken them across Europe with Enemies and around Ireland a number of times. The first gig I put on, in Limerick in early 2011, saw Croupier play first, and they headlined the last gig I put on, the We Play Here weekender last Sunday. We knew it was going to be their last Cork show and they went out not with a whimper but with an electrifying bang. Singer Oisin Murphy told Eimear in We Play Here 2 some of the reasons behind the breakup: “There were five guys, we’re getting older and we’re all doing different things. It’s also, financially, really hard to keep it going as well. It costs money to do this.” Bassist Rob Riley told her: “We all, in a sense, are going in different directions. It’s just too hard – it got to a point where it felt a little bit forced to even get a practice going.” You can read the whole interview with Croupier in issue 2 of We Play Here, available here. (The picture above was show for the zine by Bríd O’Donovan.)

Croupier released a statement about their breakup today, and have put that self-titled debut album and last year’s The Visor EP up for free download. They will play their last show at the Twisted Pepper on May 30. Croupier said: “As some people may already know, as of June 2014, Croupier will be coming to an end. It has been a difficult decision to make, however, we feel it is the right moment for us to finish. It’s been an amazing experience in which we have had the opportunity to not only play music as five close friends but also make a heap of friends along the way. We would like to thank our friends, family and anyone who has supported us and come to our shows. Of course, we won’t be leaving without saying a proper goodbye! We’ll be playing a show on at the Twisted Pepper on May 30. As a final gift, all our music will be free to download from our Bandcamp! So enjoy and thank you again from Harry, Rob, Niall, Charlie and Oisin.”