Chirs Walla, founding memeber, guitarist, and producer of the indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie, is calling it quits. Walla, who produced all but the forthcoming of Death Cab albums is set to leave at the end of their run of current festival dates, which includes this weekend's Friday appearance at KXT's Summer Cut Fest in Dallas. It is unclear as of yet what direction the band will take, yet the band did just finish their latest yet-to-be-titled album - their 8th - which is set for a 2015 release. In a farewell note on Slog, Chris wrote:

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


Deciding to leave the band was not, and is not, easy. 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. Moving forward, my plans are simply to continue making music, producing records, and erring on the side of benevolence and beauty whenever possible. Darkness may find me, but I shall never choose it.

We will follow you into the dark.

Read the complete band departure announcement from Chris Walla on Slog, here.