Co-Leader Britty Drake Leaves Pity Sex

Since 2011, Britty Drake has sung and played guitar in Pity Sex, the Ann Arbor shoegaze band. She’s released two albums with the band, including this year’s White Hot Moon. And as Brooklyn Vegan points out, she recently announced on Twitter that she and the band are parting ways:

That last show is 8/18 at the Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids. Pity Sex haven’t made any announcements about what they’ll do without Drake in the band, but they do have fall tours of Japan, Australia, and the UK planned.

UPDATE: Pity Sex shared a statement on Facebook indicating that they will honor their tour dates this year:

We are very sad to say that our August 18th show with Best Coast will be Britty’s final show with Pity Sex. We wish her the best and know that she will continue to do great things. The band will fulfill our touring commitments throughout the rest of the year and look forward to seeing you at the shows!

Drake has also shared an additional statement on Twitter suggesting that the band will continue without her beyond 2016:

This is very emotional for me. I am so grateful for Pity Sex, but I can no longer hold them back from touring and pursuing the success they deserve. To Pity Sex and all of the wonderful people I’ve met along the way: Thank you.