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Final Fantasy wants to be called Owen Pallett

on December 18, 2009, 9:35am

Toronto based musician Owen Pallett is most often known as Final Fantasy. But starting today, in anticipation of the January 12th release of his new studio album, Heartland, Pallett would like that to change.

Per the man in his own words:


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.



So, time to re-tag your iTunes…

In other news, Mr. Pallett has a few upcoming tour dates. Check ’em out below.

Owen Pallett 2010 Tour Dates:
01/12 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
01/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
01/16 – Chicago, IL @ Tomorrow Never Knows
01/18 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
01/22 – Hamburg, DE @ Ubel & Gafaehrlich
01/24 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
01/25 – London, UK @ Union Chapel
02/06 – Guelph, ON @ Hillside Inside
02/10 – Halifax, NS @ St. Matthews Church
02/12 – St. Johns, NL @ Cochrane Street United Church
02/17 – Kingston, ON @ Sydenham United Church
02/18 – Wakefield, QC @ Blacksheep Inn
02/19 – Wakefield, QC @ Blacksheep Inn
02/20 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Outremont
02/27 – Hamilton, ON @ Lincoln Alexander Centre

* = w/ Avi Buffalo

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