The Amity Affliction drummer Ryan Burt departs band to focus on his mental health

"It has been a major struggle for him on the road," the band say

The Amity Affliction’s drummer Ryan Burt is leaving the band to focus on his mental health.

In a statement to fans, the Australian band said that Burt “will no longer be performing or recording with The Amity Affliction”. The drummer had previously taken time out in 2016.

“He joined the band in 2008 when he was 17 years old and we’ve gone through some amazing things together – recording five albums, touring the world and playing to crowds we only ever dreamed of,” the band said.

“Many of you are aware Ryan has been fighting some mental demons of late and took time off in late 2016 to seek help in overcoming these struggles. Unfortunately, it has been a major struggle for him on the road.

“It has been very hard for us to watch him go through this, but it has been even harder for him to get on stage and give his all for the fans and band each night,” the post continued. “He has done this through adversity on the last few tours, which we have been very grateful for.”

The band added: “This has been a very hard thing for us all to accept, but ultimately the touring environment and spending long periods away from home and his support network is not the best place for him to be.”

After thanking Burt for “everything he has contributed to the band over the last nine years”, the band said they will “make sure he is looked after going forward” and asked fans to respect his privacy.

“If anyone is experiencing any mental health issues, we implore you to reach out to professionals,” the band urged their fans.

According to the announcement, all scheduled shows will go ahead as planned. See the full post here.