One member’s twelve years of NoGoD history is going to come to an end.
On January 11, NoGoD made a disappointing announcement to fans; in April 2018, bassist Karin (華凛) will leave the band due to personal and health-related issues. Here is our translation of the band’s official announcement and Karin’s statement.
Thank you for your continuous support for NoGoD.
We would like to inform you that on April 6, 2018 at Shinjuku ReNY,
bassist Karin will leave NoGoD.
Last year, Karin expressed his desire to leave the band.
After lengthy discussions,
the band ultimately decided to honor his wishes.
This may be an entirely selfish decision,
but we hope that you can give us your understanding.
We also hope that you’ll be able to keep supporting NoGoD and Karin
as you always have.
January 11, 2018
Art Pop Entertainment, Inc./NoGoD
I sincerely apologize to all of our supporters for having to make this disappointing announcement.
I, Karin, will leave NoGoD on April 6, 2018 at Shinjuku ReNY.
Since last year, there are a lot more things that I have to seriously consider; there are also a lot of things I still want to do. Those two things have been conflicting, and it has been difficult.
It’s been taking a continuous toll on my health, so I find it difficult to continue on with NoGoD.
Of course, when I talked it over with the band, these guys–who understand me more than anyone else in the world–both accepted and respected the decision I made.
The reason things got this way is because of me. I also take responsibility for the result.
For the past 12 years, the band has supported me with all of their strength and helped me come this far.
However, in being unable to change myself, I’ve also become unable to go in the same direction as the rest of the band.
I didn’t try to go in the same direction as them.
If only I had been able to change somehow, maybe things wouldn’t have ended up this way.
It’s ultimately because of my own immaturity and weakness that this came about.
Let me sincerely apologize again for the disappointment I’ve caused, and for being unable to return what all of you NoGoD fans have given to me.
I’m going to seriously think about my life choices and keep on living.
NoGoD helped me to realize a lot of dreams. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that all of the dreams I had as a junior high school student have come true.
The ones who helped me grant those dreams are the members, friends and family, staff, Art Pop, King Records…
And, more than anyone else, you and your support.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you for these past 12 years.
Please continue to support NoGod and me until the end.
January 11, 2018
Karin has been with NoGoD since 2005, less than a year after frontman Dancho started the band. Though the band has had a few member changes since then, the current lineup has been around since 2007. That’s at least 10 years of memories. Karin was able to see the band from its beginnings up until their major debut in 2010 and beyond.
We’re sure there are a lot of NoGoD fans that will miss Karin.