The (incredible) indie group Death Cab for Cutie has been together for 17 years but as of today, they are losing a band member. Chris Walla announced that he is leaving to band.
The guitarist released a statement today in the Seattle paper, “The Stranger” where he said,
“I will miss being a quarter of this band, and will support whatever course Death Cab for Cutie chooses from here. I am profoundly grateful to Ben, Nick, and Jason, for the experiences that define my adult life. Truly grateful, beyond words. Thank you.”
The remaining band members also commented on Walla’s exit.
“We’ve had an incredible 17 years of making music with Chris and are very proud of what we’ve accomplished together, including our 8th studio album which we have just put the finishing touches on,” it reads. “We will miss Chris and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career. We’re excited about sharing new music, and seeing all of you very soon.”
Walla’s departure from Death Cab will not be immediate. He plans to remain with the group for the rest of the summer festival performances with his last show as a band member being at the Rifflandia Festival in Victoria, B.C., Canada on Sept. 13.
Despite the loss of a band member, Death Cab for Cutie will be releasing a new album in 2015. The LP will have a new producer on it as well considering Walla has previously produced the band’s releases.