Chris Walla Leaves Death Cab for Cutie
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:12:37
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Chris Walla, guitarist/keyboardist/producer for Death Cab for Cutie, is leaving the band following their current run of festival dates, culminating with what is sure to be a very special headline performance at Victoria, BC's Rifflandia.
Both Death Cab and Walla commented on his exit, in cryptic fashion. There is not much in the way of elucidation, but their private band business is their band business. They did take the time to address the media and fans directly, which is ALWAYS appreciated. As media and as fans.
"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," stated Death Cab's Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer and Jason McGerr. "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 full statement can be read here and is posted below.
"Short version: I'm leaving Death Cab for Cutie. My last show with the band will be September 13, 2014, at the Rifflandia Festival in Victoria, BC. I hope you guys can make it.
Longer version: I think I long for the unknown. It might be that simple.
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.
I am also grateful to, and deeply humbled by, all of our fans. Without you, music would be mere 'content,' and nothing could possibly be sadder than that. Thank you all, so dearly.
We've just finished our eighth album, which is our first with an outside producer. That producer is a fellow named Rich Costey, and working with him in this capacity is one of the greatest joys of my professional life. Thank you, as well.
There are so many others to whom I am grateful—our crew, our management, our families, the Atlantic, Barsuk and Elsinor labels, the Billions team. Thank you all.
Deciding to leave the band was not, and is not, easy. It's really, really sad. I love my bandmates, and I'm proud of what we've done, and mercifully, those things don't change with my departure. Moving forward, my plans are simply to continue making music, producing records, and erring on the side of benevolence and beauty whenever possible. Darkness may find me, but I shall never choose it."
That last line is a bit ominous, no?
Death Cab for Cutie are working on their eighth album, due in early 2015.
How many Death Cab fans are bummed about Chris Walla's exit?