Alt-J vow to continue as a band following bassist’s departure

Band member Gwil Sainsbury takes 'personal decision' to leave group

Alt-J have confirmed that the band will continue following the departure of bass player Gwil Sainsbury.

As reported this weekend, Sainsbury recently took the ‘personal decision’ to leave the Mercury Prize winning band and will no longer be a part of Alt-J. In a message posted on their Twitter page, they said it was a personal decision by their guitarist and bass player, and they support his decision to leave.

A statement given to NME today (January 13) confirms that Alt-J will continue as a band following Sainsbury’s departure.

The three remaining members of alt-J – Joe, Gus and Thom – and all at Infectious Music give their full support to Gwil and wish him only the very best for the future. Both Alt-J and Infectious would like to reassure fans that the band remain excited about the future and are set to return to the studio very soon to begin work on the follow up to 2012’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize winning ‘An Awesome Wave’.

The band, who formed in Leeds in 2007, released their debut ‘An Awesome Wave’ in May 2012. It went on to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize that same year. After composing the score for last year’s ‘Leave To Remain’, a film starring Toby Jones, the band were busy working on their second album.

Speaking to NME at the end of 2012, keyboard player Unger-Hamilton said they were writing new material, but that they wouldn’t be heading into the studio to start work on the follow-up until at least September 2013 after finishing up touring and festival commitments. Unger-Hamilton added that the band had named five tracks which “sounding exciting”. They played a new song called ‘Warm Foothills’ at live shows last year. You can see the song below.