Strike Anywhere's "completely irresistible" guitarist Matt Sherwood has left the band. The parting was amicable, with Matt's bandmates writing:

His contribution to this group, its spirit and origin, and to our lives in this mission cannot be accurately described, or overstated. He will be smiling at you all through the songs he helped to write and the good times shared in his eight years helping to build this band with his whole heart.

We won't be making a big deal ( or any deal at all ) out of this, and we'd appreciate it if no one else did as there is really not much more to say about it. We are not inviting questions, speculations or any other opinions about it, only a lot of love, understanding and positivity .

the news comes as part of a lengthy journal entry from the band. You can check out the entire thing here.