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Alt-J bassist Sainsbury quits band

Alt-J's bassist Gwil Sainsbury (far left) has decided to leave the band: Photo © Alt-J bassist Sainsbury quits band Photo

Alt-J has vowed to carry on making music, following the departure of bassist Gwil Sainsbury.

The Mercury Prize winners admitted that Gwil, who has played bass and guitar since the band formed in 2007, had decided to part ways with the group on amicable terms, citing "personal" reasons. They say they are "excited" about their future despite his exit.

The remaining band members - Joe Newman, Thom Green and Gus Unger-Hamilton - issued a statement to, saying: "The three remaining members of Alt-J - Joe, Gus and Thom - and all at Infectious Music give their full support to Gwil and wish him only the very best for the future.

"Both Alt-J and Infectious would like to reassure fans that the band remain excited about the future and are set to return to the studio very soon to begin work on the follow up to 2012's Barclaycard Mercury Prize winning An Awesome Wave," they added.

The group revealed Gwil's exit on Twitter at the weekend, saying: "With regret, Gwil is leaving Alt-J. This is purely a personal decision and as our best friend we support him completely."

A replacement for Gwil has not yet been named.

Alt-J - who formed when the band's members Joe, Thom, Gus and Gwil met at Leeds University - are best known for their 2012 debut album An Awesome Wave, which won the British Barclaycard Mercury Prize and album of the year at the Ivor Novello Awards in 2013.

The record was also nominated for three Brit Awards and was picked as BBC Radio 6 Music's album of the year 2012.

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