American pop rock band LANY has announced that its guitarist Les Priest is leaving the band.
In a statement on Instagram, the band shared that Les will be focusing on working in Nashville, Tennessee.
"Hello family we’re writing songs and making a new album and feel so energized about the future. As we move into a beautiful year of music and touring, we wanted to share that our brother Les has decided to leave the band to focus on life as a writer/producer in Nashville," the band announced.
The band expressed its gratitude to Les for all his contributions in the success of the band.
"We love him and his family with all of our hearts and are forever grateful to him for building LANY with us into what it is today. No one will ever be able to replace him so LANY will continue as just us - Paul and Jake," the band wrote.
The band added, "As a memento, we’re re-printing for the final time our JAKE LES PAUL t-shirts. available for the next 48 hrs only. les Les LEs LES."
Fans were quick to react to the news on social media.
"Thank you for shaping LANY!!!" one netizen commented.
"So sad he’s leaving but it’s understandable! Love you sooo much Les! Gonna miss you bunches! As long as you’re happy that’s all that matters. Les 4ever, LANY 4ever (sic)," another netizen said.
"This is so sad but I’m happy for him at the same time," a netizen wrote.
Prior to the departure of Les, LANY was a trio consisting of lead vocalist Paul Jason Klein, drummer Jake Clifford Goss, and Les as guitarist.
The band has released three studio albums with the self-titled album LANY in 2017, Malibu Nights in 2018, Mama's Boy in 2020, and gg bb xx in 2021.
Some of their top hits include "ILYSB," "Mean It," "Super Far," and "Thick and Thin," among others.