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Bassist Andrew Seward Quits Against Me!

Image courtesy of Rachel Murray/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Rachel Murray/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)

Against Me! needs a new bassist.  On Thursday, bassist Andrew Seward posted a brief statement on the band’s website to announce that he's decided to part ways with the band.

“I’ve left AM!,” he wrote. “No drama here. I reached a point where I need to focus on other things. Respect to [lead singer] Laura [ Jane Grace ] and [guitarist] James [ Bowman ]. The last 10 years ruled.”

Grace added that the news of Seward’s departure was “heartbreaking” and that she will miss having him in the band. “Andrew’s been a solid partner,” she explains. “Some of the best sleep I’ve ever gotten has been in the back of a 15 passenger van with him behind the wheel. He’s got a steady hand and has always been someone I’ve trusted. The definition of a good friend. I wish him all the best in his journey.”

The singer also reveals that she contemplated ending the band after Seward announced that he was leaving. “I realize that at this point there’s a possibility that it may look pretty ridiculous to carry on playing under the name Against Me!,” she admits. “If I didn’t feel like I had something that I really needed to say with the album we’ve been working on for the past year then I’d humbly hang the hat and move on.”

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