Atlantic recording group Death Cab for Cutie has announced the departure of founding member Chris Walla. The guitarist/keyboardist/producer will leave the 7x GRAMMY® Award-nominated band following their current run of festival dates, culminating with what is sure to be a very special headline performance at Victoria, BC’s Rifflandia (see itinerary below). For complete tour details and ticket information, please visit www.deathcabforcutie.com/tour.
“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.”
“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: http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/music/
Death Cab for Cutie – who were among the top acts performing at this past weekend’s Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park – is currently winding up sessions for their massively anticipated eighth studio album. The band is recording in Los Angeles with Rich Costey (Franz Ferdinand, Muse, Interpol) behind the board. The album is slated for release in early 2015 with extensive touring to follow.
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
NORTH AMERICA 2014
15 Dallas, TX KXT’s Summer Cut – The Happy Funtime Fest
16 Omaha, NE Maha Music Festival
29 Edmonton, AB Sonic Boom 2014
30 Calgary, AB X-Fest 2014
5 Chicago, IL The Hideout Block Party & Onion AV Fest
7 Toronto, ON Riot Fest
11-14 Victoria, BC Rifflandia