Simian Mobile Disco have cancelled forthcoming tour dates after member Jas Shaw was diagnosed with a rare condition.
The electronic duo are currently busy promoting upcoming record Murmurations, a collaboration with the Deep Throat Choir, but revealed last night that Shaw's recent AL amyloidosis diagnosis complicates live plans:
Simian Mobile Disco (@smdisco) March 26, 2018
AL amyloidosis is the most common type of amyloidosis (although it is still relatively uncommon, with only a few thousand cases diagnosed each year). The NHS website describes the condition as being "caused by a build up of an abnormal protein called amyloid in organs and tissues throughout the body. The build up of amyloid proteins (deposits) can make it difficult for the organs and tissues to work properly."
While there is no cure for the condition, it can be treated with chemotherapy. The National Amyloidosis Centre's website notes that developments in the study and treatment of amyloidosis means that life expectancy has risen to over 10 years in many cases, compared to a few months just 20 years ago.
Murmurations, Simian Mobile Disco's fifth studio full-length, comes not long after their ADSR Expansion: B-Sides & Rarities and Anthology: 10 Years of SMD collections, and follows their 2016 LP Welcome To Sideways.