According to statements from both guitarist Jimmy Gregerson and screamer/keyboardist Zach Johnson, they were asked by the four remaining members of I See Stars to leave the band. You can read what each of them had to say below.
Earlier this week, I See Stars announced a winter headlining tour, and teased new music. It was then that rumors of Gregerson and Johnson’s departures began gaining traction.
I need to just clear the air since this continues to be awkward for me months after the fact and I just want it to be over with. I am no longer in I See Stars. I did not choose to leave, I was asked to leave. Why? I'm not really sure. I guess the rest of the guys felt they needed a change. I felt it was necessary to make this clear because as someone who was with I See Stars since day one I thought the fans deserved to know that I did not turn my back on them and walk away. I had every intention of riding I see stars out until the day it was done and I think 9 years of being in the band is proof of that. I have no bad blood and don't wish anything bad for those guys. We grew up together from a really young age and have been through some of the best times of my life together. they will always be considered my family no matter where they are in life and what the circumstance is. As for my future plans, they are up in the air right now. I have been bouncing around the country working for various bands. as of late i have been working exclusively with @metrostation. I have been lucky enough and extremely thankful to have people like @tracecyrus and @themasonmusso step in and kind of look after me as I make this transition. Thank you to everyone who was a fan and supported me while I was in I See Stars! You all will be missed! happy holidays!