The musician announced he's leaving the indie-rock group after they finish their current festival dates run, with his last show taking place in Victoria, British Columbia, Rolling Stone reported. Walla has been a huge influence on the band, shaping its unmistakable sound with his talent for various instruments.
While no concrete reason was given for his departure, Walla said he'd continue to work on his music and producing records. However, he did admit that leaving his beloved bandmates is a hard thing to do.
"Deciding to leave the band was not, and is not easy," Walla said in a statement on SLOG Music. "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."
Meanwhile, the band has posted their own statement on their website, referencing their bandmate's sad exit.
"We've had an incredible 17 years of making music with Chris. We are very proud of what we've accomplished together, including our 8th studio album we have just put the finishing touches on," the statement from band members Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer and Jason McGerr read. "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."
Mourning fans can be comforted by looking forward to the yet-to-be-named studio album the band has also announced, which includes Walla and has an early 2015 release.
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