Turn on “Way Away” and prepare to get emotional: Longtime Yellowcard drummer Longineu “LP” Parsons is leaving the band.
The band made the announcement on Thursday (March 13).
“Longineu has decided to pursue other musical interests. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors,” the group wrote in statement on Facebook. A replacement has not yet been announced.
Parsons’ departure leaves violinist Sean Mackin as the only remaining original member of the band. (Ryan Key replaced vocalist Ben Dobson after the group’s debut album, Midget Tossing, while Ryan Mendez joined in 2005 and Josh Portman in 2010.)
The drummer helped form Yellowcard back in 1997, back when he, Ben Dobson, Todd Clary, Warren Cooke, Ben Harper and Sean Mackin met at their high school in Jacksonville, Florida. And apart from the band’s hiatus from 2008 to 2010, the drummer has been with them ever since.
While the band is most widely known for its early-2000s albums Ocean Avenue — which housed teenage anthems “Way Away” and “Ocean Avenue” — and Lights and Sounds, their 2012 album Southern Air debuted in the top 10.