This weekend seen bassist Gwil Sainsbury, departing from prestigious indie rock group Alt-J.
Reported by NME earlier today, (13th January) Sainsbury has announced his decision to leave the band as a ‘personal decision’, and will no longer be considered a member of the Mercury Prize winning group.
The devastating news was broken to fans over Twitter this weekend, stating the decision to leave was Sainsbury’s, and full support from the remaining members of Alt-J goes his way.
In a formal statement given to NME today, it has been confirmed that band members ‘Joe, Gus and Thom give their full support to Gwil and wish him only the best for the future.’
Following the shock resignation, the statement also denies the surfacing rumors of an Alt-J split. Fans are reassured that the band still remain ‘excited‘ and are planning to enter the studio to record the follow up to 2012’s album ‘An Awesome Wave’.
Debut album ‘An Awesome Wave’ was released in May 2012. The same year the album won the distinguished Barclaycard Mercury Prize Award, which has previously been awarded to the likes of Arctic Monkeys and PJ Harvey.
No release date has been put in place for the second album, but talking to NME at the end of 2012 – Ungen-Hamilton said studio work wasn’t to begin until September 2013 at the earliest; due to heavy tour schedule and festival commitments