With Periphery’s first headlining tour under their belt this year and the band working on two albums set to drop next year, bassist Tom Murphy has made the decision to depart from the group.

On Periphery’s Official Facebook, the band released a statement saying, "We have some sad news to announce, unfortunately Tom Murphy has decided to leave the band."

Tom himself posted the following statement:

“I’m sorry to announce that as of today I will no longer be playing bass for Periphery. I have had so many unforgettable experiences and have met so many wonderful people while playing with the band and just want to say thank you to all the fans for making that possible. I am leaving to pursue something new."

The band then continues:

“We’re very saddened by this but wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Fortunately this will not effect our upcoming touring plans as Nolly from will be filling in on bass and Mark Holcomb will take up his position as full-time guitarist.”

Periphery’s guitarist Jake Bowen also commented on some of the Periphery fans remarks by stating, “Some of you guys say the rudest s--t; to the people that are understanding thank you so much for your support. To those who think these things are easy -- get your heads on straight because being in a band is much more than what you see on the surface.“

For more on Periphery, read our exclusive interview with guitarist Misha Mansoor here.