Underoath have parted ways with longtime guitarist James Smith. Smith revealed the news via an Instagram post saying he was just “informed” that he was no longer part of the band.
“After 20 years of music and friendship, I was informed that I’m no longer a member of Underoath,” Smith wrote in the post. “This saddens me to say, but unfortunately is where we have ended up. I appreciate everyone who, at any moment in their lives, have felt inspired, accepted, comforted, and energized by the music we created and the shows we performed together.
“It has been my honor and privilege to be a part of your lives in that way though we may have never met or shared our stories face to face. Your dedicated, grace, and love for this band have allowed us to exist this long. The memories I have from this ride are more than anyone could ever expect in a lifetime, and I genuinely thank you all for being a part of it.”
Read Smith’s statement below.
He originally joined in 2003 and remained with the band ever since, aside for the two years between 2013 and 2015 when the band broke up.
Underoath have yet to release a statement about Smith’s departure.