Monuments has parted ways with guitarist Olly Steele. Steele has played with the band since 2011, and said he's stepping down to make other music. In Steele's words, "Monuments deserve someone who is inspired and driven and I can’t offer that like I did when I was 19 so I’m making the move."
Check out the full statement from both the band and Steele below.
"With a heavy heart, today we announce that Olly Steele is stepping away from Monuments. You can read Ollys statement below.
"We’re also releasing a limited batch of 8-bit style t-shirts & posters, to commemorate the end of this form of our line-up. These can be ordered from our website thisismonuments.co. All profits will go to mind.org.uk to support those in need of mental health support.
"What’s cracking. I’m stepping down from Monuments.
"It’s been ten incredible years of highs and lows and I’m extremely grateful for the entire experience. It’s been a huge part of my life and many of the amazing memories and interactions will stay with me forever. I’ve been around the world a good few times and met so many inspiring people and learned so much. You can’t buy that shit.
"Monuments is an amazing opportunity with some amazing players but ultimately at this point in my life I feel like I’ve had the experience and I’ve said what I am able to say musically with the group. Monuments deserve someone who is inspired and driven and I can’t offer that like I did when I was 19 so I’m making the move.
"I’m still gonna make music and continue with my current projects and collabs, with the initial focus being more solo music. After that who knows, the endless possibilities are really exciting.
"Huge thanks to the boys for being there whilst we achieved so many great things together. And special thanks to the band for rolling the dice on a little raw mouthy teen with basically only potential to offer.
"Like everyone else I’m more than excited to see what Monuments do next. I was a fan first and now I’m a fan again. Thanks to everyone who supported in whatever way that may have manifested, none of this could have happened without the people behind us.
"Hopefully it won’t be too long before you hear from me again.
"Till then take care, much love and thank you.