Battleships have taken to Facebook to confirm that bass and keys player Jonathan Bowden, guitarist Nato Hannaford, and drummer Dan McMurray have left the group. The three members announced their departure in a statement on Facebook. Frontman Jordan Sturdee is now the sole member of the group.
“As you may or may not have heard, we (Jono, Dan and Nato) have decided that it is time for us to move on from Battleships,” the statement opens. “It seems that life has presented us with other opportunities… So we’d just like to personally thank you for your support and kind words and the great memories.”
It is presently unclear what impact the egress of Bowden, Hannaford, and McMurray will have on the future of the Sydney indie rock group. “At the moment, Jordan is unsure as to whether he will continue Battleships or move on to something else, but we wish him all the best for the future,” they write.
After thanking fans once again and assuring them that “it’s been a pleasure making music for you”, the members urge Battleships fans to “keep an eye and ear out for new musical endeavours that will no doubt take shape in the future”. No further details were offered on the plans of the three former members.
Battleships unveiled their latest single, You Can’t Change It, last month, which follows well-received releases like the single Take Your Rest, unveiled late last year, and 2012’s mini-album, To You. The band have also garnered acclaim for tours with the likes of Boy & Bear, The Paper Kites, and Art of Sleeping.
Watch: Battleships – Take Your Rest