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Bullet For My Valentine have broken some hearts just a few days out from Valentines Day with the announcement that bass player Jason James, fondly known as Jay, is no longer a member of the band.
The remaining members of BFMV delivered the news to fans in a somewhat vague Facebook post, offering no clues as to why the two parties had elected to split.
The statement reads:
“It is with regret that Bullet For My Valentine has to announce that Jay James is no longer a member of the band. Jay has been a part of this band for well over 12 years and part of our lives forever, and we’re gonna miss him as much as we know you guys are too. We wanna wish him all the best and success with whatever he chooses to do next and will always be grateful for his contribution and sacrifices he made for this band.
We’ll announce a replacement for Jay when we feel the time is right, but until then we’re gonna be busy and focused recording our next record and making sure its the best album we’ve ever made.”
James first joined the band in 2003 and was a part of all four of the group’s studio albums.
The band also say that 2015 is “already shaping up to be a massive year for us with lots of exciting things going on behind the scenes, which we’ll be announcing as soon as we can.” The news of James’ departure comes hot on the heels of the band’s announcement last week that they had entered the studio to begin work on their fifth studio album.
“So, today is the day,” they posted to Facebook last week. “We’ve been working hard on this record for over a year now, writing and demoing a ton of material in that time. As we sit here on the 1st of February 2015, we have the most songs we’ve EVER had written for an album before recording session, and now begins the difficult process of choosing the best of the best of them to make the cut for ?#?BFMV5??.
Bullet For My Valentine were last in Australia for Soundwave 2013. Read the band’s full statement below.
Image: Bassist Jay James plays with Bullet for My Valentine at Soundwave 2013 / Photo: Zoltan Blazer