Furnace St. , a nominee for Scene's Best Alternative/Electronic artist of the year, has broken up.
"About a year before we disbanded, Lisa [Jorgensen] and I made a pinkie swear that if [2005's] Extroversion didn't get us to the next level professionally, we'd stop playing original music and start playing Led Zeppelin covers in the style of Furnace St.," says singer-guitarist Adam Boose, half of the Cleveland-based electro-rock duo. "We've since nixed that idea, but that ought to give you some insight into how we've felt over the past couple years. We've just sort of run out of steam and decided it's time to reevaluate our priorities, musically and professionally."
The band formed in 1994, when Boose and Jorgensen met at Firelands High School. They moved to Cleveland in 1998, started playing shows across Ohio regularly, took runs through the Midwest and East Coast, and played some European shows and festivals.
Furnace St.'s debut, Ladykiller, was released in 2000 on Avon Lake's Steadfast records, followed by two LPs, a demos compilation, and a remix EP. The band's momentum has been waning since 2002, but the group continued to write, record, and practice. Negotiations broke off with a California-based label to distribute Extroversion, their third album; it's now available as a free download via www.furnacest.com.
Boose will remain active on the music scene as a mastering engineer at Fairview Park's A to Z Audio, and he's also involved in some developing projects. Jorgensen says that the duo could reconvene, but won't be doing so anytime soon.
"It's always nice to keep options open," she says. "But we have to take care of our personal things before anything Furnace St. can be revisited. In the future, when and if the time ever comes, we could rekindle our musical relationship. It was a very hard decision, but we both agreed it was much-needed. We've had a pretty good run, but it's time to slow down and get our shit together."
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