Death Cab for Cutie has announced that founding member Chris Walla will be leaving the band after their current run of scheduled dates. The band was just in San Francisco to play Outside Lands Music Festival on Saturday, August 9th which Walla was a part of, and the announcement seems to imply that the split is pretty amicable. He’ll continue on with the rest of the shows they have booked, but after that the band is finishing an album and they’ll be back in early 2015.

“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 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.”

From Chris Walla’s camp came this message:

“I will miss being a quarter of this band, and will support whatever course Death Cab for Cutie chooses from here,” stated Chris Walla. “I am profoundly grateful to Ben, Nick and Jason for the experiences that define my adult life. Truly grateful, beyond words. Thank you.”

Walla’s full statement can be read here:

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Death Cab for Cutie 2014 Tour Dates

8/15 Dallas, TX KXT’s Summer Cut – The Happy Funtime Fest
8/16 Omaha, NE Maha Music Festival
8/29 Edmonton, AB Sonic Boom 2014
8/30 Calgary, AB X-Fest 2014
9/5 Chicago, IL The Hideout Block Party & Onion AV Fest
9/7 Toronto, ON Riot Fest
9/11-14 Victoria, BC Rifflandia