Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman announced Wednesday that he is temporarily leaving the band to focus on his mental health.
In a statement posted on Instagram, the musician shared that his “mental health has deteriorated rapidly in recent years” and that he needs some time to recover before rejoining Fall Out Boy, which he intends to do.
“Neil Young once howled that it is better to burn out than to disappear. But I can tell you unequivocally that burnout is terrible,” Trohman wrote. “To avoid fading away and never coming back, I’m taking a break from work which unfortunately includes getting away from Fall Out Boy for a while.”
Trohman is one of the founding members of Fall Out Boy, a pop-punk group from Wilmette, Ill. Rounding out the original band members are bassist Pete Wentz, drummer Andy Hurley, and singer Patrick Stump.
Shortly before Trohman released his statement, Fall Out Boy released a new single, “Love From the Other Side,” and announced that his eighth studio album, “So Much (for) Stardust,” is scheduled to arrive on September 24. march.
Some of the band’s biggest hits include “Uma Thurman,” “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” “Dance, Dance,” and “Thnks fr th Mmrs.”
“It pains me to make this decision, especially when we are releasing a new album that fills me with great pride (my proudest sin),” Trohman continued in his statement.
“So the question remains: Will I return to the fold? Absolutely, one hundred percent. … Thank you all, including my bandmates and family, for understanding and respecting this difficult, but necessary decision. Smell you sooner rather than later.