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who were signed to
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. Their sound was heavily influenced by
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(particularly their ''
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, as well as latterly incorporating
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, such as
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. Their debut album ''The Silent Hours'' was released in July 2004 to positive reviews. In February 2006 they released their second album ''Statues''. First single, ‘We Can Never Say Goodbye’ was a minor hit before splitting up in May of the same year.The Open split , News
Nme.com (30 May 2006) A statement from the band regarding the split reads as follows: "I believe you are waiting for the official word. So here it is. The news is that we have indeed decided to call it a day with The Open. We leave the two records that we are very very proud of and memories that will remain in our hearts forever. Some of us will continue on our path through music. Some of us will not. We all wish each other the greatest of luck. No excuses, no regrets, no big philosophical kiss off, it's just the end of one journey and the start of another. Bless you all for your support over these last years and goodbye. Steve, Jon, Jim, Alan, and Roger."


* Steven Bayley — vocals, guitar * Jon Winter — guitar * Jim Reynolds — bass * Alan Dutton — keyboards * Roger Westwood — drums, percussion * Scott Holland — drums, percussion (2002–2004)



*''The Silent Hours'' (5 July 2004) UK No. 72 **
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/ Loog 986 616-0 (CD/LP) *# "Close My Eyes" *# "Bring Me Down" *# "Lost" *# "Forgotten" *# "Daybreak" *# "Just Want to Live" *# "Step Into the Light" *# "Coming Down" *# "Can You Hear" *# "Elevation" *''Statues'' (6 February 2006) **Polydor/Loog 987 549-9 (CD/LP) *# "Forever" *# "We Can Never Say Goodbye" *# "Moment in Time" *# "Lovers in the Rain" *# "Statues" *# "My House" *# "She's Mystery" *# "Seasons of the Change" *# "Fallen Tree" *# "Alone" / "Masquerade" (hidden track)


*''La Lumiere E.P.'' (13 March 2006) **Polydor/Loog 987 672-3 (CD/12") *# "We Can Never Say Goodbye" *# "The Box" *# "I Call You" *# "The Mirror" *# "We Can Never Say Goodbye" (enhanced video)



External links

The Open's official website (redirects to Polydor's website)

The Open's official MySpace page
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