Butterfly Effect letting singer go
THEIR music is intense, with epic guitars, crashing drums and hard-sung lyrics about decay and rage.
So it came as some surprise that Butterfly Effect's break with singer Clint Boge was possibly the smoothest in rock history.
"The way bands disband or disappear, you don't know the inner workings, you don't know what happens in the band dynamic," guitarist Kurt Goedhart said.
"We just came to the conclusion that it's not working and we wanted to sort out how we'd do it."
Kurt paused for a second and then laughed.
"We have a theory in the band that you lose girlfriends how you found 'em," he said.
The band are preparing for their final tour with Clint as lead singer. His leaving has been devastating news to fans but made easier with the simultaneous announcement of a farewell tour. And it looks like the announcement has been a great relief for the Butterfly lads themselves.
"We haven't turned up to rehearsal this much in ages," said Kurt.
"When bands break up, change, they never give fans one last chance. We thought it's been 10 years - let's close this chapter as neatly and honourably as we can."
Ten years is a long time in the music business and Kurt laughed when we asked him what in the industry had changed in all that time.
"We didn't get along then and we don't get along now; nothing's different. Making music hasn't changed, just the mode has changed," he said.
"But all that stuff isn't really our job - I just write music."
It looks like Clint will spend his post-Butterfly time focusing on a solo career as well as working with band Thousand Needles in Red.
For the moment they're just concentrating on the tour, hitting the Plantation Hotel on May 9.
"This set we've taken more time writing parts and jazzing up the old songs, which has really been floating my boat," Kurt said.
"Half the set is pretty untouched but there are some little changes and even some whole new sections.
"We get a bit freaked out at Coffs Harbour; sometimes it's quiet, sometimes you get a thousand people. You never know what's going to happen."