Relaxing in the conference room of Warner Music Hong Kong, two of the members of local band LMF, Davy Chan Hong-wing and Prodip Leung Wai-ting, produce a packet of cigarettes. Leung asks one of the record company's staff: 'Can we smoke here? Oh, I don't give a s***!' This is LMF, keen on challenging authority, strong on attitude, and happiest when they are doing things their own way. The band, who released their last album Finalazy in August, will officially split up after finishing their Southeast Asia farewell tour at the end of this year. Tonight, they will play the Zouk club in Singapore. Although their fans feel sad about the band's decision - leaving a flood of messages on their official website, such as 'Please don't go, continue to rock!' and 'We want you back!' - the band insist it's time to go. 'We've been playing together for quite a long while, and it's really the time to stop as our contract with the record company just ended and see what we want to do next,' says Chan. The band, formed by rockers from other local groups including Anodize, Zig Zag, Zenith, Fraina, and Martyr in 1992, has for the past four years had the same 10-member line-up - Leung, Chan, MC Yan, Kit, Kee, Kevin, Phat, Jimmy, Ah Wah and DJ Tommy. Leung thinks their decision is not a negative thing. 'We should look forward. Maybe we'll come up with some new and even better ideas and music after the break-up. Who knows?' he says. Next year, the guys will be heading in different directions to pursue their own music projects. Chan is due to release his own solo album later this year; MC Yan will be pushing hip-hop and rap culture in Hong Kong, focusing on his arts projects and teaching at the University of Hong Kong, and bassist Jimmy will form another band with two local rockers. Leung plans to concentrate on his design career. Although the band are set to split, their production house, A. Room, will continue. Chan is currently working on a new solo album by Josie Ho Chiu-yee. Having been around for more than a decade, the band, who introduced Cantonese rapping to the local scene, are disappointed with local listeners and disillusioned with the mainstream local music scene. 'We are labelled as a 'foul-language band', so when we were doing the last album, LMF Crazychildren, we decided to produce a totally clean record with no foul language,' Chan says. 'That was the most time- and effort-consuming record we've done. However, people don't want to buy it because there is no foul language on it and they said we'd changed, being commercial, this and that.' The band has had a number of top-selling records such as Lazy Family, which sold 60,000 copies - an impressive sales figure not just in terms of the local music scene. But sales of the latest album are not doing so well. The musicians feel a sense of injustice that their songs have been banned by local radio stations. 'If people didn't know who wrote the song, they would probably give the song a go. But when they see it's from LMF, they'll just block it,' says MC Yan, who is late for the interview. And Jimmy, who arrives with MC Yan, adds: 'They just pick on us.' Their song featuring veteran singer Deanie Ip was also banned because of its lyrical content, they complain. 'We just don't know what the standard is. If people say that they won't play any LMF songs, then it's fine. I think they're cool. But if they're just picking and choosing, forget it,' says Chan. He adds that they manage without the help of the radio stations. 'Actually, we have never relied on them to promote our music. We have got our own promotional campaigns and channels such as our website.'