Photo Cred: Ryan Russel via Facebook

Photo Cred: Ryan Russel via Facebook

It was announced today that Death Cab for Cutie’s longtime guitarist and producer Chris Walla will be leaving the band after their September 13th show at the Rifflandia Festival in Victoria, BC. The band announced the departure on their official website and Facebook page, saying: “We’ve had an incredible 17 years of making music with Chris. We are very proud of what we’ve accomplished together.” Walla’s statement, which he chose to make public through Seattle’s The Stranger because of his allegiance to the Seattle music scene, adds that he will “support whatever course Death Cab For Cutie chooses from here.”

The band and Walla both also took the opportunity to reveal a few details about their long-in-the-making upcoming eighth LP—the band’s first since 2011′s Codes and Keys—slated for an early 2015 release. The album will also be Death Cab’s first LP recorded with a producer other than Walla since his joining the band in 1998. Walla describes the experience of working with outside producer Rich Costey as “one of the greatest joys of [his] professional life.”

In addition to seven Death Cab For Cutie albums, Walla’s staggering list of production credits includes albums from Nada Surf, the Decemberists, Long Winters, Tegan And Sara, and Telekinesis. It seems safe to say that we can continue to expect great things from both Walla and the band despite the split.

Check out the band’s remaining tour dates with Walla below:

Tour Dates For Death Cab For Cutie:
08/15 – Dallas, TX – KXT’s Summer Cut
08/16 – Omaha, NE – Maha Music Festival
08/29 – Edmonton, BC – Sonic Boom Festival
08/30 – Calgary, AB – XFest
09/05 – Chicago, IL – Hideout Block Party / Onion & A.V. Fest
09/07 – Toronto, ON – Riot Fest
09/12 – Victoria, BC – Rifflandia Music Festival