Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla leaving group next month

By Daniel S Levine,

Death Cab For Cutie will play its last show with founding guitarist and keyboardist Chris Walla in September. Walla announced today that he will be leaving the group.

Walla sent an op-ed to The Stranger’s Slog. He said that his final show with the rock group will be on Sept. 13 in Victoria, British Columbia.

It appears that his decision was amicable. He wished the other members of the group - Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer and Jason McGerr - the best of luck and thanked fans for their years of support.

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

According to Billboard, the other members of the group sent a statement to the same site later today.

“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,” the trio said. They said they will miss him and also wished him luck in his future endeavors.

DCFC does have a new record in the works. Next year, their follow-up to 2011’s Codes & Keys will finally be released. Rich Costey will be producing the record in place of Walla.

Gibbard released his solo album, Former Lives, two years ago and toured with the Postal Service.

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