Since releasing their stunning 2013 debut, I Love You, The Neighbourhood has received major radio play and become one of 2013’s biggest breakout acts. Hopefully that doesn’t change now that one of our favorite local Los Angeles bands has parted ways with one of its founding members, drummer Bryan Sammis.
The Neighbourhood released this statement on their Tumblr regarding Sammis’ departure:
“We wanted to let you all know that The Neighbourhood & Bryan “Olivver” Sammis are parting ways. We’ll miss playing music together but wish him the best on his musical journey ahead. We see all the good (via social networks) that the band and the individual members bring into people’s lives. We hope this doesn’t change any of that for you guys. We thank you guys for all the support you’ve given us.
Love, the nbhd”
The announcement is pretty standard with little explanation but the appreciated love to fans. Sammis posted this Twitter status yesterday, however, that makes it seem it was an amicable split: “A constant reminder to do what makes you happy and never take a moment for granted. Life is short & life is beautiful. Let love take over.”
The journey of mainstream bands is usually riddled with bad blood and lineup changes, but here’s hoping The Neighbourhood is able to weather the storm. No word yet on Sammis’ replacement.
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