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Owen Pallett drops the “Final Fantasy” name

Owen Pallett

Owen Pallett has announced that he will no longer be using the name Final Fantasy for his musical work. Owen Pallett’s new album ‘Heartland’ will be available on Domino on January 12, 2010. Owen has issued the following statement:”

Friends,

I began playing solo violin shows in 2004. Although it was essentially a solo project, I named the band Final Fantasy, as the experience–and the tone of the material–was reminiscent of the hours and hours I had spent as an adolescent playing those epic JRPGs.

But the laws of trademark infringement exist for good reason, and so I am voluntarily retiring my band name. In the new year, my record Heartland is coming out, and it is my first to be released in many territories, including Japan. With this in mind, I feel it is in my own best interests to definitively distinguish my music from Square/Enix’s games.

So, I am no longer playing shows as Final Fantasy. Subsequent releases, including Heartland, will be issued under my own name, Owen Pallett. Prior releases will sometime soon be re-packaged and re-issued.

I thank Square/Enix their kindness and support, and I thank you all for your understanding.

Salud!

Owen

Tickets are still on sale for the Final Fantasy Owen Pallett show happening at Bowery Ballroom on January 18th.

Final Fantasy Owen Pallett – 2010 Tour Dates
Jan 12 – FINAL FANTASY “HEARTLAND” CD RELEASE – Mod Club Toronto, Ontario
Jan 14 – Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, California
Jan 16 – Schuba’s Chicago, Illinois
Jan 18 – Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
Feb 6 – Hillside Inside Guelph, Ontario
Feb 10 – St. Matthew’s Church Halifax, Quebec
Feb 17 – Sydenham United Church Kingston, Ontario
Feb 18 – Blacksheep Inn Wakefield, Quebec
Feb 20 – Theatre Outremont Montreal, Quebec

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