After spending a decade with the band, acting as one of its founding members for its inception back in 2008, British rockers Lonely The Brave have now regrettably announced that they’ve parted ways with vocalist, David Jakes.
Announcing his departure with a handwritten letter posted to is fans online, Jakes cited the reason for his stepping down was to focus on his mental health. You can read his post below.
I’m writing this with the news that I’ve decided to call it a day with Lonely The Brave.
I’m afraid the problems I’ve been having, with touring and playing live, have made things really difficult concerning my mental health side of things. Sorry I couldn’t push on through it.
To the LTB boys… Thank you fellas for the amazing time I had with you! All the very best with the band going forward. It was a helluva ride. Thanks Wez, James and Mease.
Most of all thank you to everyone I saw at the gigs and spent their money on the music I was part of. It meant so much!
I’ll be the sky and you be the bird,
Along with Jakes‘ personally releasing a statement, Lonely The Brave too have issued their own, in which they also confirm that they’re continue on without him and that they’re already working on the follow-up to their 2016 full-length album, ‘Things Will Matter’.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce Dave’s departure from Lonely The Brave. As a brother in music, vocalist and co-founder of the band, he has been integral to everything we’ve done. These times have been life defining for all of us and it’s been a privilege to have shared them with one of the best singers of our generation.
We will miss Dave greatly as a musical collaborator but remain great friends – health and well-being have to be a priority so we fully understand and respect his decision. We’ll all be eternally grateful for the support we have received over the last few years, we will cherish the memories of sharing a stage with Dave, and sharing the experience with everyone who has come to see us.
This is not the end of Lonely The Brave. The four of us will continue with a new vocalist and we plan to begin the search as soon as possible. We shall return to the live arena when the time is right and will be continuing to work on new material in the meantime.
Thank you for all the love and support, see you very soon.
Mark, Mo, Ross, and Bush”
We here at DEAD PRESS! wish David Jakes all the best in his future endeavours, and a healthier mentality.
More news surrounding Lonely The Brave‘s future output will be confirmed as it develops.