At Mission Dolores has decided to split after four years as a band.
The Kamloops five-piece fronted by JP Lancaster released four albums together under Lancaster’s indie label Factotum CO.
The group had a banner year in 2019, with the release of two albums: Cool World in February and Last Night Outside Her Apartment in May, which hit No. 113 on !earshot’s national top 200 chart.
Another full-length album was planned for 2020, but it seems now that won’t happen — at least not under the At Mission Dolores name.
“Ultimately, it was just us not ending up on the same page as a group, looking at the amount of time required to make an another album,” Lancaster told KTW.
“There’s some personal differences, there’s different things going on for different guys and nothing really added up, unfortunately."
As for other members of the band, there’s little doubt Kamloops has heard the last of any of them. Maggie Ollek will continue to play alongside her husband (Lancaster) and others will likely devote more time to other bands — such as Mother Sun, in which both former At Mission Dolores members Jared Wilman and Jared Doherty play.
The band will dissolve much like it first formed. Lancaster pieced the band together in 2015 after working on his debut self-titled EP. He recorded most of the instruments himself and then brought on others to supplement the work, including guitarist and vocalist Doherty, drummer Wilman and bassist Stu McCallum.
With the split, Lancaster will perform under his own name as a solo act, sometimes incorporating additional live players, depending on the set.
The planned full-length At Mission Dolores album had already been written by Lancaster before the band decided to split — and some of its tracks didn’t quite fit what his previous band had been releasing, so the new album will come under Lancaster’s name and will be recorded by him alone (with a little help from his wife).
How the music is produced will also differ. Whereas the band recorded as a five-piece all at once, Lancaster plans to record in pieces and layer the music together.
“Rather than capture a performance, I can see it as a collective sum of its parts. It’s the complete opposite of how we were operating as a band,” he said.
The first glimpse of Lancaster’s new material will come on Monday at Pavilion Theatre, 1025 Lorne St.
Headlining that show is Calgary-based indie-folk act Reuben and the Dark. The limited amount of remaining tickets can be purchased at the Kamloops Live box office, 1025 Lorne St., 250-374-5483 and online at kamloopslive.ca.
Another glimpse will come on March 27, with the release of Lancaster’s first single, Hometown. The track was recorded locally with James Bethell and mixed by Jordan Koop, who is best known for his work with Canadian indie rock band Wolf Parade.