Lonely The Brave have announced that frontman David Jakes has left the band with Jakes citing his mental health problems as a key factor.

Lonely The Brave are one of Britain’s most successful rock bands of the last few years – with both their debut “The Day’s War” and its follow-up “Things Will Matter” reaching no.1 in the rock charts. The band have a busy touring schedule that, on top of several sell-out headline tours has seen them play the mainstage at Reading & Leeds, support Bruce Springsteen & Neil Young and join Biffy Clyro on an arena tour of Europe.

The rock group formed in Cambridge in 2008, and Jakes has been open about his struggles with his mental health and performance anxiety throughout their ten-year career. In a statement released on Sunday announcing his departure, Jakes admits that his mental health struggles are a key factor in his decision to leave the band.

“I’m writing this with the news that unfortunately I’ve decided to call it a day with Lonely The Brave,” the statement begins. “I’m afraid the problems I’ve been having, with touring and playing live, have made things really difficult concerning my mental health side of things. Sorry I couldn’t push on through it.”

In a separate statement the band confirm they will continue and have begun writing material for their third album. “It is with heavy hearts that we announce Dave’s departure from Lonely the Brave,” the statement begins.

As a brother in music, vocalist and co-founder of the band, he has been integral to everything we’ve done.

The statement continues to explain how recent times have been “life defining for all of us” and that it has been a “privilege to have shared them with one of the best singers of our generation.”

The band have said that this is “not the end of Lonely the Brave.” The four members will continue with a new vocalist and plan to begin the search as soon as possible. The statement concludes: “we shall return to the live arena when the time is right and will be continuing to work on new material in the meantime.”



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