Saturday night was an emotional night for Death Cab for Cutie. The band played their last song with guitarist and producer Chris Walla.
Walla announced that he would be leaving the band in August. He wanted to thank his bandmates for the 17 years he had been a part of the group, and for all the experiences being in the band gave him.
“Deciding to leave the band was not, and is not, easy,” Walla said. “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.”
He also said that he plans to continue making music and “erring on the side of benevolence and beauty whenever possible.”
Their last show together was held at Rifflandia Festival in British Columbia on September 13, where the group headlined. “Thank you so much for the last 17 years, Chris,” lead vocalist Ben Gibbard said, introducing their last song as a band, “Marching Bands of Manhattan.” The bandmates then shared a group hug before leaving the stage.