Chris Walla, a founding member of the indie/rock/pop band Death Cab For Cutie, has left the band.
Sputnikmusic reported Walla plays guitars, keyboards and even produces the band's music. He will continue to play the remaining shows and told SLOG his last show will be September 13. That specific show will be held in Victoria, British Columbia for the Rifflandia Festival. The band is currently on tour and playing a few more dates before Walla's departure date.
Walla explained in a statement to SLOG, "I will miss being a quarter of this band, and will support whatever course Death Cab for Cutie chooses from here," adding, "I am profoundly grateful to Ben, Nick, and Jason, for the experiences that define my adult life. Truly grateful, beyond words. Thank you."
Before leaving, Walla did announce that Death Cab For Cutie has finished working on their 8th full-length studio album. This will be the first album to be produced by someone other than Walla. Rich Costey has been named as the producer, and he has worked with artists like CHVRCHES and Snoop Lion.
The other members of Death Cab For Cutie responded to Chris Walla's departure, stating, "We will miss Chris and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career. We are excited about sharing new music, and seeing all of you very soon."
Death Cab For Cutie is known for their soft rock sounds with ambient textures giving the music rich sounds. Their album Narrow Stairs reached number one on the Billboard charts when it was released in 2008. The band has been regarded once before as "the biggest selling band that nobody recognizes," by The Guardian. Be sure to look for the new album, still yet to be titled, in early 2015.