Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has severed its ties with Virgin Records, which released the group's two studio albums. "We've been fighting to get out of our record contract for the last six months and a

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has severed its ties with Virgin Records, which released the group's two studio albums. "We've been fighting to get out of our record contract for the last six months and are sorry we couldn't tell anyone about this," bassist Robert Turner wrote to fans on the band's e-mail list, "but it was a very delicate thing that we didn't ever want to become ugly."

A label spokesperson was unavailable for comment at deadline. The trio, recently confirmed for this summer's Lollapalooza tour, is in the midst of a U.S. outing with the Rapture that plays Atlanta tomorrow (April 16).

"As a lot of people know being off a major record label can be crippling to tours and bands can lose all tour support and funding," Turner said. "But we never had tour support anyway and we've always found ways to get by, so we'll see you soon."

The group's self-titled 2001 debut and last year's "Take Them On, On Your Own" have sold a combined 172,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "We have many plans for what we're going to do next and how and who with we're gonna release our records," Turner said.

BRMC was in the process of releasing "In Like the Rose," the third single from "Take Them On," when the split was finalized. "We're trying to get help from outside promoters to get the single out there but it's hard," Turned admitted, urging fans to call radio stations and request the song.