Spoon bassist Rob Pope has decided to leave the band.
Pope is a founding and current member of The Get Up Kids, and had made the announcement on Instagram. Pope says he will be moving on from the group “in order to spend more time with family and personal projects.”
Pope had joined the band back in 2006, and has recorded on all Spoon’s albums since 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. There is no bad blood between Pope and band members, as he said in a statement that he had nothing but love for Britt Daniel and the rest of the band. “I’ll continue to work on new music, including touring and recording with The Get Up Kids, but I’ll always be particularly proud of the amazing things Spoon accomplished over nearly 13 years of my involvement,” Pope wrote.
Check out Pope’s announcement in full below.
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A message from Rob Pope: . As Spoon’s bass player since 2006, I’ve never taken for granted the thrills and challenges that have come with being in this band. Now, after some serious thought, the timing feels right for me to leave Spoon in order to spend more time with family and personal projects. . I have nothing but love for Britt Daniel, Jim Eno, Eric Harvey, Alex Fischel, and Gerardo Larios — the gentlemen dudes I was lucky to share the stage, bus, and studio with. . I’d also like to shout out the countless people who worked to make my life easier as our road crew and management, many of whom became my lifelong friends. The show can't happen without them. . I’ll continue to work on new music, including touring and recording with The Get Up Kids, but I’ll always be particularly proud of the amazing things Spoon accomplished over nearly 13 years of my involvement (and sometimes in spite of it). . Before I sign off, I have to thank all of you — the fans. It’s been an absolute honor to share this experience with you. If you are lucky enough to see Spoon on the road this summer, buy ‘em a few ice cream sandwiches for me. . For evah yours, Rob Pope (AKA Robert Pop, AKA Sherpa, AKA The Queen of Sheba, AKA The Last Living Member of the Supremes, AKA The Horizontal Striped Hustler)
Last month, the band announced that there will be an upcoming greatest hits album titled Everything Hits at Once, which will be out on July 26.