Contributed by fatbrendan, Posted by LLR Recordings

According to the Gatsby's American Dream website, founding guitarist, Ryan Van Wieringen, has left the band to pursue a new job along with school. Here's what Ryan had to say:

"Hey everyone- i just wanted to let you know that i will be departing from Gatsby. I have a new job oppurtunity along with school that I'm very excited about. It has nothing to do with the guys in Gatsby. They are amazing and I know they are about to make some waves with their music. I just need to follow my heart and do what makes me completely happy. This does not mean I am giving up on music. I will continue to write and record songs. I just want to thank everyone who has supported me in this decision, along with the band. It's been a great 3 years and i will miss it. my last show with Gatsby will be either May 21st or June 19th. Thanks… "

This news comes on the tail of the band's recent signing to LLR for the follow up to to last years Ribbons & Sugar.