Guitarist Chris Walla leaves Death Cab for Cutie after 17 years

Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie performs with Magik*Magik Orchestra at the Beacon Theatre on April 27, 2012, in New York.

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It's the end of the road for Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla.

The guitarist announced in the Seattle alt-weekly paper "The Stranger" this week that he's parting ways with the band after 17 years, noting that it wasn't an easy decision:

"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...Truly grateful, beyond words. Thank you."

Walla said he plans to continue "making music" and "producing records." He previously released a solo album and produced music for the Decemberists and Tegan and Sara. He's also produced Death Cab's albums.

Death Cab for Cutie released its own statement about his departure, saying, "We've had an incredible 17 years of making music with Chris...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."

Walla contributed to Death Cab's upcoming eight studio album, which the band is now putting the finishing touches on. It follows 2011's "Codes and Keys" studio set.