Chris Walla Leaves Death Cab For Cutie

Final Show at the Rifflandia Festival in Victoria, BC, Canada on September 13

Aug 13, 2014
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Bummer news from the Death Cab For Cutie camp—multi-instrumentalist/producer Chris Walla has quit the band. All signs point to the split being amicable, with Walla admitting “I think I long for the unknown. It might be that simple.” Check out his full statement below. His final show is slated for the Rifflandia Festival in Victoria, BC, Canada on September 13. He also appears on the band’s next album, due out next year.

Says Walla:

“Short version: I’m leaving Death Cab for Cutie. My last show with the band will be September 13, 2014, at the Rifflandia Festival in Victoria, BC. I hope you guys can make it.

Longer version: I think I long for the unknown. It might be that simple.

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.

I am also grateful to, and deeply humbled by, all of our fans. Without you, music would be mere ‘content’, and nothing could possibly be sadder than that. Thank you all, so dearly.

We’ve just finished our eighth album, which is our first with an outside producer. That producer is a fellow named Rich Costey, and working with him in this capacity is one of the greatest joys of my professional life. Thank you, as well.

There are so many others to whom I am grateful—our crew, our management, our families, the Atlantic, Barsuk and Elsinor labels, the Billions team. Thank you all.

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.”



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Dave Pfister
August 13th 2014

This is sad. One of the things I love about DCFC is the individual personalities of the band members and the combined personality of the band as it is now.
Chris Walla is very talented. His absence will be a substantial impairment to the band.