Editors' guitarist Chris Urbanowicz quits the band

Guitarist leaves after a disagreement over the band's 'future musical direction'

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Editors have announced that they have parted ways with guitarist Chris Urbanowicz today (April 16).

The Birmingham indie band, who are currently working on their fourth studio album with producer Flood, announced on their official website Editorsofficial.com that the guitarist had left the band.

The band have posted a lengthy statement, which says that the guitarist had left "in a decision entirely based upon future musical direction" and that Urbanowicz's departure is "entirely amicable".

They wrote: "In a decision entirely based upon future musical direction, and with huge sadness, Editors and Chris Urbanowicz have parted ways. In 10 years we’ve gone from playing tiny clubs in Birmingham to selling out massive shows across the globe as four friends together so this was a massively painful decision for all of us to make."

They continued: "We wish Chris the best of luck in his future endeavours, and expect you all to do the same. The parting is amicable, and however sad things are right now we all hope we’ll continue to be friends for many years to come."

The band added that they are "super excited" about their fourth album and have said that they are "trying to introduce new elements" to their sound.

They went on: "Tom, Russ and Ed are continuing to work on album four with Flood and play festival shows at Rock Werchter and Arras in June. They are super excited about working with the core of the band as a three-piece and trying to introduce new elements to Editors sound. Chris is going to take a little time to think about his future direction." You can read the full statement at Editorsofficial.com.

Editors last studio album 'In This Light And On This Evening' was released in October 2009. You can watch the video for the album's lead-off single 'Papillon' by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

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