After a vibrant couple of years, it came as a shock to fans of local rock band the Shaniqua Brown this fall when they announced a break-up. Singer Rachel Kate Gillon, guitarist Thomas Concannon, bassist Denis Blyth, and drummer David Bair formed the band in 2009. They made a splash in the scene as a high-energy, hard-hitting, riffy hard-rock act. While recording their self-titled full-length at Collective Recording last year, they enlisted studio engineer Jamey Rogers as their second guitarist. The quintet won the Metal/Punk Band of the Year category by popular vote in the 2011 City Paper Music Awards. Gillon says she approached the band about leaving to pursue new projects. The group then amicably decided to call it quits. “I’m proud of what we accomplished in such a short time,” she told City Paper. “I consider this a growing point.” Concannon already has plans to form a new band. “Music is in my soul,” he says. “It is constantly screaming to unleash itself. So for me, there is no end. I consider it turning to the next page. Your only creative limit to music is your brain and the brains around you.” The Shaniqua Brown will perform its official farewell show on Friday.