Gerling were an Australian band who focused on electronic and alternative rock music. The band formed in 1993, and consisted of artists Darren Cross, guitarist and lead vocalist, Paul Towner on drums, and Burke Reid, guitarist and vocalist.
Since the start of Gerling, the trio released four albums, which include “Children of Telepathic Experiences,” “When Young Terrorists Chase the Sun,” “Bad Blood!!!” and “4,” and one EP, which includes “A Day of Research”, and even made it on to the top 50 ARIA Charts.
Aside from their albums making it on to the charts, Gerling made various singles that made it onto the Australian Charts, including their songs “Enter, Space Capsule,” “Dust Me Selecta,” “Hot Computer,” and “Who’s Ya Daddy?” peaked on the Australian Top 100’s Charts, while their songs “Enter, Space Capsule,” “Dust Me Selecta,” and “Who’s Ya Daddy?” peaked on the Triple J Hottest 100 Charts.
In 2007 the trio parted ways, to venture on to their own projects. Notably, Darren Cross announced is solo DJ/hip-hop project as the E.L.F., while Paul Towner produced visual art and Burke Reid started his music production career.
Although Gerling went their separate ways to embark on their own musical journey’s, why do bands break up? Money, creative differences within the group, and a standstill in success despite all the effort put into the project are all issues bands have that can lead to long term issues. Additionally, a big reason as to why bands break up is similar as the case of Australian Band Gerling. A lot of the time, a band will break up and go their separate ways due to the lack of success as a group, and the opportunity to be more successful as an induvial artist.
Can the inevitable band break up be prevented? Or is this split unavoidable?
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