Zac Clark is leaving Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness to focus on his solo career. They re-released his song “Mountains” today with Andrew on backing vocals. His last show is the upcoming Dear Jack benefit show.
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It is with only sweetness that, nearing the end of my seventh year playing, recording and writing with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, I announce my departure. It is with a wink at the cosmic that I note that my last show will be November 11th, in LA at the El Rey, playing a solo set to open the show along with @butchwalker, seven years after the last Jack’s Mannequin show at the same venue, and with a blink of disbelief that today it’s been seven years since I released my first record, Young Volcanoes. . Seven years since I joined these men who would become my brothers, their partners who’ve become my sisters, and set off spinning in a dream damn near a decade long, traveling the world with an ever-evolving team of bright lights of whose ambition and ability I continue to be in awe. We probably played a thousand shows, or at least spent as many days in a daze away from anything remotely resembling what any sane person might call a home. . Through it all I’ve found a home among a great many homes; a home within myself and with the people near and far with whom I’ve finally ventured to share myself, with no small amount of nudging and support from my dear friend and bandmate Andrew, a man who i hope wouldn’t mind me saying has maybe always been more afraid not to make a big leap than to make one. I came into his sphere in the midst of maybe his biggest leap yet, finding myself very quickly free falling and very nearly concealing, even from myself, my own fear of giving my all to sharing what I’ve found while diving deep. . I believe that when you love the world you’re leaving, you bring it with you everywhere. As I wander out of the Wilderness, a man between worlds, one Wilderness comes with me into the next, along with all of these years at once weird and wonderful, a journey one of a kind, one in a million. . With thanks and love for all with whom I walked, I float over the edge into a grateful unknown. . All I know is here I go- and here’s a song for the journey, featuring Andrew & the great @joepisapia of Guster- it’ll be out at midnight Friday 11/8 and you can pre-save it now. See you tonight at @wayfarercm & all month on tour w/ @danlayus & Augustana. xo