Frontman quits Midnight Youth
The frontman of Kiwi band Midnight Youth has quit the band.
Singer Jeremy Redmore tweeted the news late last night.
"After some of the hardest days of my life so far, I am sorry to announce that I've quit my band. Sorry to the band's fans that wanted more."
Redmore went on to post a longer explanation on his blog, saying while releasing an album with the band gave him "that fleeting feeling of utter contentment in life", it was now time to move on.
"What I've recently discovered about myself is that, to be happy, productive and to grow more as a person, I need to make a fresh start. In order to do this, there is no doubt in my mind that I need to leave my band.
"Midnight Youth has, undoubtedly, given me some of the best years I will have in my life and I am well aware that I may never have the same kind of commercial success in a chosen field ever again. I will forever be indebted to the guys in the band and the people who supported and fell in love with the songs we created and gave me a stage to perform upon.
"I have now chosen to pave my own street, pack my own bags, strip myself naked and, importantly, sing my own song."
Last month the band posted a Facebook message telling fans they were on a short hiatus, before starting work on a third album.
Midnight Youth released their debut album, The Brave Don't Run, in April 2009 which hit number two on the New Zealand album chart and went platinum.
The album won them the Best Rock Album award, Best Group award and Best Engineer, Andrew Buckton, at the 2009 New Zealand Music Awards.
In an interview after the release of their last album World Comes Calling last year Redmore said the band were heading down a path they were proud of.
"I think it's a step in the direction of being the band that we want to be one day... We're not ashamed of the music we write - we want to play stadiums, we want to play to lots of people."