[Photo by: Story Of The Year/Facebook]

Story Of The Year have announced that they have parted ways with bassist Philip “Moon” Sneed.

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“Story Of The Year is announcing the departure of guitarist/bassist Philip 'Moon' Sneed today,” the band shared on Twitter.

“He will be dedicating more time to Greek Fire, Goldfinger and The Rizzuto Show on KPNT, 105.7 The Point. The band wishes Moon well on all of his future endeavors.”

However, Sneed shared a different story on Facebook, saying the band decided to move on without him. He further explains that he learned through management that they had decided to do so—not from the band themselves.

“To be clear, this was not mutual or voluntary on my part,” Sneed writes. “Do I wish things were different? Of course. But I will not allow this or anything to sour my now or my future and what is in my control.”

Read his statement in full below:

It’s with a broken heart that I confirm that Story Of The Year has decided to move on as a band without me. Shortly after performing for two back to back sold out shows I learned, through management, that the band had chosen to do so. To be clear, this was not mutual or voluntary on my part. This isn’t what I’ll choose to remember though. What I will choose to remember, and keep near to my heart, is the FIFTEEN years of sacrifice, dedication, loyalty, fun and hard work that were given to this band and the incredible amount of PEOPLE, experiences, bands, crew, relationships, education and love that was given back to us throughout this amazing ride. What I was able to do in my youth is nothing short of an undeserved gift and miracle given to me by each and every fan, friend and supporter of our band over these 15 years. I will forever be in the debt to my fans across the planet! I now know dozens of personalities, hundreds of names and thousands of people's faces on a personal level that continue to be a very real and important part of my life and who I am. You all know who you are and my love for you. Do I wish things were different? Of course. But I will not allow this or anything to sour my now or my future and what is in my control. I wish this could go on forever. I certainly wish it didn’t end like this but I will continue to strive for growth in all of the new chapters of my life. Moving forward, I’ll continue to put my family first and pour my passion and love for music into my other projects. I am living many of my dreams and enjoy being a part of the #1 morning radio show/podcast The Rizzuto Showon 105.7 The Point. We are also preparing the release of a new Greek Firerecord and I’m touring our new Goldfinger record ‘The Knife’! Life is good. I love you all, across the globe, and I hope to see each one of you soon. In the immortal words of Dr. Peter Venkman…
“See you on the other side, Ray.”
Moon