The track record of drummers joining and leaving Against Me! in quick succession has become a bit of a punk rock punchline, but there's nothing funny about longtime bassist Andrew Seward's departure. The split is amicable, with band leader Laura Jane Grace and guitarist James Bowman posting cordial goodbyes on againstme.net alongside Seward's, but even Grace openly wonders how long this band can continue.
I’ve left AM!. No drama here. I reached a point where I need to focus on other things. Respect to Laura and James. The last 10 years ruled. -Andrew
It’s been an honor and privilege to stand on stage with Andrew for the past 10 years. I am sad to see him go, but I wish nothing but the best for him moving forward. – James
It’s heartbreaking to know that Andrew won’t be standing next to me out on stage the next time I stand upon one. 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! 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. Andrew’s been a solid partner. 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. -LJ
Against Me! first announced work on Transgender Dysphoria Blues - a concept album about a transgendered hooker - around the time Laura Jane Grace came out as trans about a year ago. From her statement we can probably imply that she's driven to finish the album, but what will happen to Against Me! after that?