bassist Andrew Seward
has quit the band, NME
The split comes after 10 years in the Florida punk band, who are fronted by Laura Jane Grace
, with Seward leaving on amicable terms. Posting a statement on the band's official website
, the bassist wrote: "No drama here. I reached a point where I need to focus on other things. Respect to Laura and James Bowman. The last 10 years ruled!"
Speaking about her now former bandmate, Laura Jane Grace added: "It's heartbreaking to know that Andrew won't be standing next to me out on stage the next time I stand upon one. I realize that at this point there's a possibility that it may look pretty ridiculous to carry on playing under the name Against Me! If I didn't feel like I had something that I really needed to say with the album we've been working on for the past year then I'd humbly hang the hat and move on. Andrew's been a solid partner. Some of the best sleep I've ever gotten has been in the back of a 15 passenger van with him behind the wheel. He's got a steady hand and has always been someone I've trusted. The definition of a good friend. I wish him all the best in his journey."
Seward is the second band member to leave in the past six months and has been playing with Against Me! since 2002, first appearing on the band's 2003 album "As the Eternal Cowboy."
Drummer Jay Weinberg announced that he was leaving the band
in December 2012.