“After 13 1/2 yrs. with The Bouncing Souls I've decided to spread my wings and fly.i wanna thank anyone who's ever worked with the band.and especially my 3 brothers in musical arms.mad love.respect!”
The band has also posted a statement on their own Facebook page, addressing Michael's departure:
“Our brother and band mate Michael Mcdermott has decided to leave the band to pursue other musical interests. It has been an amazing 13 and a half years. We love you and wish you all the best! Here's to the memories!
We don't know what's next (we never have!) but we know its gonna be rad! Onto the future!”
McDermott's first release with the group was 2001's How I Spent My Summer Vacation. He went on to appear on five full-lengths, along with multiple EPs, live albums, and the band's 20th anniversary series of singles. Prior to the Bouncing Souls, McDermott was a member of Murphy's Law and Skinnerbox.
The Bouncing Souls' ninth album, Comet, was released last summer via Rise. The group are currently on tour in Europe, and will celebrate their 25th anniversary as a band next year.
Check out the Bouncing Souls' recently-released video for “Comet,” which is likely to be the band's last to feature Michael McDermott, below.