Screams to fall silent as Sheffield band Screaming Maldini prepares to split up

Screaming Maldini play their final gig on Friday, December 5.
Screaming Maldini play their final gig on Friday, December 5.
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Members of a cult Sheffield band are promising to go out with a bang as they call time on the group tomorrow.

The six members of indie-pop group Screaming Maldini are going their separate ways after tomorrow’s farewell gig at Queens Social Club in the city.

Frontman Nick Cox said it was a mutual decision to call time on the group.

He said: “We wanted to do it for a living, but never quite reached that point.

“A as we’ve got older, it’s become harder to fully commit to the band.

“Being in a band takes a lot of your time. We have put our careers on hold. We have held down jobs we might not enjoy because of it. We’ve turned down a lot socially so we can rehearse and gig.”

However, despite the end of the band, the 29-year-old plans to keep working in music, such as teaching singing in primary schools across the city, while the other band members all have other jobs.

Bassist Annie Rushworth is a manager at Wagamama ‘s Sheffield city centre restaurant, drummer Tim Walker works at King Ecgbert School in Dore, and keyboard player Johnny Cornish teaches piano.

Trumpeter Ben Hoblyn teaches music in Nottingham while singer Gina Walters is involved with Sofar Sounds, arranging gigs in unusual places , as well as running a choir.

Nick admits to feelings of frustration that the band – despite a huge fanbase in Sheffield and overseas, particularly Japan – never quite broke into the mainstream in the UK.

He said: “We do feel frustrated, but eternally grateful for the success we have had.

“We have definitely felt the fanbase in Sheffield and have always tried to have the personal touch.

“To get that huge success, you need to put everything into it, but you can’t do that until it’s a full-time job.”

For now, the band are promising to put everything into tomorrow’s show.

Nick said: “We’re really excited about it. We have been working hard to put the set together.

“We have some great support acts in Laurel Canyons and Bang Bang Romeo.

“It should be a really great show. We going to put on something special.

“I think it will be really emotional.”

* Screaming Maldini play Queens Social Club, Queens Road, Lowfield, on Friday, December 5, from 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 in advance or £9 on the door.