Yellowcard Loses Bassist Sean O’Donnell

Yellowcard, alternative rock band based in Los Angeles, has confirmed that bassist Sean O’Donnell has officially left the band.

O’Donnell claims that the decision to leave was personal, and not in any relation to the band itself. In a heartfelt message left on Yellowcard’s official site, the bassist said this to fans:

“This is not one of those ugly messy band member departures that seem to plague rock music. This is a personal decision, and it’s mine. Simple as I can put it, playing in a band that is on a full time touring schedule demands a balancing act of work and family that I can no longer pull off and still remain happy. As you can imagine, this was not an easy decision to make, but usually the really important ones never are.

While I feel confident in my decision, I know I’m walking away from a lot. I feel truly blessed to have been invited to such a close knit family, one that I was welcomed into completely. I’ll miss the guys, I’ll miss the shows, I’ll miss making all those ridiculous YC sessions videos. I’ll miss all of the love I got from the thousands of fans all over the world. When my former band Reeve Oliver was on tour with Yellowcard in 2005, I said onstage that all I could ever hope for was for us to attract fans who were as supportive as Yellowcard fans. I meant it then, but now I realize the full impact of the love and support you guys give. It’s immense, it’s real, and it’s completely necessary for this band to survive and to thrive.”

You can read the full note here. While O’Donnell has made his decision, he affirms that Yellowcard will carry on and continue to put out great music. It’s a sad goodbye to a former bassist, but not a farewell to the band that has put out 7 studio albums and has plans to start recording their 8th later this year.