Noah and the Whale split up

MusicBy Sunday World
Noah and the Whale split up

Noah and the Whale have split up.

The five-piece group - who formed in London in 2006 - have announced they are parting ways.

In a statement to their fans, the band wrote: "Noah and the Whale have decided to call it a day. We have had an incredible eight years together and are immensely grateful to everyone who has helped us along the way."

The band - featuring Charlie Fink, Tom Hobden, Matt Owens, Fred Abbott and Michael Petulla - rose to prominence in 2008 with their folk-pop hit '5 Years Time' from their debut album, 'Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down'.

In subsequent years the group released summer hit 'L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.' before trialling a heavier sound on their fourth and final album, 'Heart of Nowhere', released in 2013.

In the message, the members thanked their supporters who they said had made "everything possible" during their time together.

The statement continued: "There are too many people to mention in this short message but we would like to take this opportunity to give special thanks to all of our amazing fans, who have supported us so magnificently over the years and made everything possible."

While no details about the members' future projects have been revealed, all of the musicians have set up websites suggesting they will continue to make music as solo artists.