Final Fantasy Is Dead, Long Live Owen Pallett

If Owen Pallett wins another Polaris Music Prize in the future, he won't do so as Final Fantasy.

- Dec 21, 2009

If Owen Pallett wins another Polaris Music Prize in the future, he won't do so as Final Fantasy.

Pallett, whose third studio album, Heartland, is out Jan. 12, says he'll no longer record or perform under the moniker because Square Enix games owns the trademark rights to the Final Fantasy name. The company is responsible for the very successful line of Final Fantasy video games.

"The laws of trademark infringement exist for good reason, and so I am voluntarily retiring my band name," Pallett said in a statement.

"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 games."

Pallett, who bean playing shows in 2004, says he originally named his project Final Fantasy because the musical experience was "reminiscent of the hours and hours I had spent as an adolescent playing those epic JRPGs [Japanese role-playing games].

He says future releases, including Heartland, will come out under his birth name. His previous albums and EPs, including 2006's Polaris Music Prize winning He Poos Clouds, will be reissued under that name at a later date.

You can see Owen Pallett playing these shows in support of Heartland:

Jan. 12 Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
Jan. 14 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
Jan. 16 Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Jan. 18 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Jan. 22 Hamburg, Germany @ Ubel Und Gefahrlich (Spex Live Festival)
Jan. 24 Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie
Jan. 25 London, England @ Union Chapel
Feb. 6 Guelph, ON @ Sleeman Centre (Hillside Inside)
Feb. 10 Halifax, NS @ St. Matthew's United Church
Feb. 12 St. John's, NL @ Cochrane Street United Church
Feb. 17 Kingston, ON @ Sydenham United Church
Feb. 18-19 Wakefield, QC @ The Blacksheep Inn
Feb. 20 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Outremont
Feb. 21 Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle
Feb. 25 London, ON @ Aeolian Hall
Feb. 26 Brantford, ON @ The Ford Plant
Feb. 27 Hamilton, ON @ Lincoln Alexander Centre

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