Death Cab For Cutie‘s co-founder, producer and guitarist Chris Walla is leaving the band after a 17-year run, according to MTV.com.
Walla, 38, has announced that he will depart after the current tour dates conclude. Walla looks to continue to explore his music career outside of the the band.
Death Cab released a statement Wednesday:
“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 which we have just put the finishing touches on.
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.” – Ben, Nick and Jason