Death Cab For Cutie Parts Ways With Guitarist Chris Walla

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As of this morning, Death Cab fans have a new reason to be sad and introspective. Earlier in the day, lead guitarist Chris Walla, who appeared on and produced every one of the group’s releases since their inception, announced that he would be leaving the Seattle-based quartet after 17 years. His last public performance with the band is set for September 13, at the Rifflandia Festival in Victoria, British Columbia.

“I think I long for the unknown. It might be that simple,” Walla said in a letter to fans. “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.”

Not long after news broke of Walla’s departure, the remaining members of DCFC gave their two cents on the band’s official website:

“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.”

I’ll be the first to admit, it’s hard not to be bummed out by this news. Walla has played an integral role in Death Cab for Cutie since the very beginning, and it’s hard to imagine the outfit without him. If you agree, let us know in the comments section below.

Kyle Florence

Kyle Florence is a proud Wisconsinite, a dinosaur enthusiast, and a lover of all things weird and whacky.
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