yazzmad have announced that their bassist 巧 (Kou) and drummer 裕哉 (Yuuya) will leave the band on June 26. Both members have written comments about that decision in their blogs, so here they are:
I’m sorry, you guys, but there’s something I have to tell you.
I know I tend to ramble on forever on here, but the gist of it is
that I’m going to be leaving yazzmad after our show at Motoyawata Route Fourteen on June 26.
I guess the main reason for this, in the end, is musical differences;
that’s what’s been the biggest obstacle for me
It wasn’t that I just wanted to do metal or something like that.
When I actually sat down and thought about where I want to be as a bass player,
I realised that the environment I’m in right now wasn’t the right one for me to try and achieve what I’m hoping to.
I realise a lot of you might feel like I’m just being a quitter.
But this isn’t some kind of shortcut for me.
I need to stop beating around the bush and go for what it is I want, even if I’m being totally naïve.
I know this probably sounds totally selfish, but it’s what I need to do and I’m not going to keep waffling on about it.
There’s a lot of things I want to tell you, a lot of things I probably need to tell you,
but right now, I just want to say I’m sorry and thank you to all the people who’ve been there for me.
Being part of this band has helped me to connect with so many people, and taught me so many things.
And it’s led me to finally see where I really want to be, when I used to have no idea.
I’m not just doing these last few shows to get them over with,
and I’m not going to walk out of here acting all depressed just because I’m leaving, either.
I’m going to put on the best show I can with this band, just like I always have, and I hope that all of you will be able to enjoy it, just like you always have.
Our mini album, which is coming out in June, is really important to me too because I’ve poured myself into it.
The last thing I’ve ever wanted to do is be half-assed about any of this, so have a little faith in me.
June isn’t all that far away now, but I hope to see you soon!
As of our live on June 26,
I will be leaving yazzmad.
I apologise for the suddenness of this annoucement.
This band is something that all of us have taken extremely seriously for as long as I’ve been a part of it,
and having realised that my own views on our music, and the direction I’d hoped it would go in, are different from those of my fellow members,
something I’ve become even more aware of with each show we’ve played,
I’ve come to the decision that at this point in my life, this is not the right place for me to be.
I want to stress that this decision was a very positive one, both for myself and the band as a whole
it was not the result of any negativity between us.
yazzmad will continue in the hands of my bandmates.
And as for me, this isn’t the end, but something that will lead to the next step.
There’s a lot I’m feeling right now, a lot I wish I could say to all of you,
and I’m going to leave it all for the lives we have left.
We only have a few more together,
but I can promise you that we will do everything in our power to make them amazing for you guys.
Hope you’ll stick with us until the very end! (´･ω･`)
Source: OHP, vkdb, members’ blogs; special thanks to Mele!