Sad news for fans of Ganglion–bassist Yui, who has been struggling with health issues since late 2013, has announced that she will be leaving the band. Her last performance will be their show on April 5th, at Shibuya Rex.
Yui first joined Ganglion in 2011, a year after they initially formed. From their start, Ganglion has aimed to be a band that cannot be described in just one genre, but rather one that spans many genres. They have toured all across the country from when they first started. They have been selling out frequently, and gaining popularity outside of Japan as well. They released their first full album in 2012 and their second mini-album “Rising” in late 2013, and have continued to tour since then.
Unfortunately, it seems that they will not be continuing with this lineup.
Bassist Yui has health issues, and has finally decided to leave. It is a sad step for all of the members to take. The following message, along with comments from the members of Ganglion was posted on their official site and can be seen below, translated by our fantastic new translator bambi.
An important message to all fans and associates:
First of all, we’d like to thank all of you for your love and support of Ganglion. Today we have an important announcement to make.
Our bassist, Yui, will be leaving us after the live we’ll be hosting at Shibuya Rex on April 5. Yui hasn’t been well since late last year, and it’s been harder and harder for her to continue with the band. When she confided in us, we talked things over many times, and in the end, this was what we decided to do. We apologize for any worry or inconvenience we’ve caused for our fans and friends, and we hope for your understanding at this time.
We are currently reviewing several candidates for support bassist, and will let you know as soon as possible when we’ve made our selection. Yui may have only a short time left with us, but we greatly appreciate all of the support we’ve had so far. We hope you’ll continue to keep us in your hearts.
March 3, 2014
I realise this probably comes as a shock to some of you, and I really am so sorry. I am leaving Ganglion after our live on April 5 because a series of health issues have made it too difficult both physically and emotionally for me to continue.
Honestly? I never wanted to quit. But once I thought about how hard it would make things for the rest of the band and everyone who’s worked with us — let alone for all of you — if I stayed, in the end I knew I couldn’t keep putting everybody through that. My bandmates have been wonderful, throwing themselves behind me one hundred percent and always knowing exactly what to say. But I knew I couldn’t keep depending on them for everything, because I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself.
When it comes to our music, I’ve always hoped people will feel things, think about things, when they listen to us. I know my bandmates all have their own, equally powerful reasons for doing what they do, too. I may be retiring now, but I know everything I put into this band, and everything they gave back to me in turn, will always be a part of me, no matter where life takes me.
I’ve always thought of this as my last band, so I don’t have any plans to be part of another in the future. Ganglion are just getting started — I am absolutely sure that even without me, they are going to be huge. I hope all of you will continue to give them your heartfelt support, because they truly deserve it.
Thank you all so much for your support. I know this is sudden, and I’m really sorry. We’ve had good times and bad times in this band, but the four of us have always managed to get through anything together. I’ve spent more time with these girls than my own family, so losing a member is especially hard.
To be honest, it took a lot for me to come to terms with this decision. I really didn’t want to accept it. But we talked it over again and again, and eventually I had to admit someone’s health really is the most important thing. Right now, I can honestly say all I want is for Yui to take care of herself and get well so she can enjoy all life has in store for her. All the time we’ve shared together, all that we created — these are things I’ll treasure for the rest of my life.
Just two shows left with the four of us — the one on March 10 at Shibuya Tsutaya O-West and the one we’re hosting on April 5 at Shibuya Rex — but we plan on making them our best ever. We want you to remember the four of us in the best way possible, and we hope you’ll join us in sending Yui off with a smile. Now’s the time for us to make the most of our last moments together, so we can then look forward to what comes next. We hope you’ll join us on our journey!
To all friends of Ganglion:
Yui will be leaving us after our live on April 5. I’m sorry we’ve had to break this news to you. For three years, we’ve always been here for each other, and we hope that will never change. So we talked this over for a very long time.
My feelings about this conflicted with Yui’s in many ways, and that was very hard for me. But I knew it wouldn’t be fair to force her to stay in the band when it was physically painful for her, so in the end I had to accept her choice. It’s not like she’s leaving because we didn’t get along. Nothing could be futher from the truth, and that’s what makes this especially hard. We didn’t just perform together — we had so much fun just hanging out and being silly, sharing so many warm and happy moments. We have some really wonderful memories together.
I know you’re all probably still trying to come to terms with this right now. But we still have two lives to share together, and I’m going to focus on enjoying those as much as I can! I want you to have a chance to remember the four of us in the best way possible. So let’s use the last shows to create a space filled with smiles and happiness! See you in Shibuya!
It’s awful to have to break this news to our loved ones and supporters. We’ve had hard times before, but the four of us were always able to help each other pull through because your happiness means so much to us, and because we love the music we make and we love playing it for you.
Yes, we’ve looked back and wondered if there was something we could have done differently, if there was any way we could have supported her more, but in the end, we did the best we could. There’s no point regretting things you can’t change. But I have no doubt Yui will be able to make the most of her experiences with us and continue to blossom — just as I know that every experience we’ve shared with her will always be a part of us.
I’m a better drummer because of Yui, and I think I’ve helped her become a better bassist. I only wish we could have had more time together, but I appreciate what a hard choice this was for Yui to make and I think it shows how much she truly cares about our band. I support her decision, and I’m going to enjoy the rest of our time together as much as possible! I’m going to do my best to be positive, out of respect for her.
I hope you’ll come to our last two lives and I hope to see you smiling!
This is a difficult and sad time for Ganglion and their fans, but hopefully things will turn out okay for Yui and all of Ganglion. Tickets for Yui’s last live on April 5th are available at eplus.