Guitarist Chris Walla has announced the other day that he is leaving the only full time band that he has ever known. After seventeen years and soon to be eight full length LPs the guitarist is heading into the great unknown musically. Walla has released a solo record several years ago, the impressive Field Manuel and has done production work as well in the past for more than just Death Cab.
“Short version: I’m leaving Death Cab for Cutie,” Walla wrote in a letter to a Seattle based blog The Stranger. “Longer version: I think I long for the unknown. It might be that simple.” Walla will leave after the band’s upcoming performances in September.
“I will miss being a quarter of this band, and will support whatever course Death Cab for Cutie chooses from here,” he wrote. “I am profoundly grateful to Ben, Nick, and Jason, for the experiences that define my adult life. Truly grateful, beyond words. Thank you.”
The band recently wrapped up the recording on their 8th studio record, which is slated for an early 2015 release.
Honestly a lot of members leave bands and they stay in tact. As for how DCFC will handle the departure of one of it’s more important members it is hard to say. Surely Ben Gibbard and crew will be all right in the end and they will regroup and make the best record of their career. While Walla continues to pursue future opportunities I personally wish him the best of luck.
Here’s the band playing live at the Greek Theater in Berkley back in 2009. Wow.