The Rapture Lose Bassist/Vocalist Mattie Safer

The Rapture Lose Bassist/Vocalist Mattie Safer
It's been quite awhile since we've had any proper updates on the Rapture. And while we finally have one, it's not exactly good news. In a new blog post [via The Daily Swarm], the New York City dance punkers have announced that core member and bassist/vocalist Mattie Safer has left the band.

Apparently, Safer made his exit a few months back but the band only made the news public this week. Yeah, we know, it's a bummer but there is an upside: the remaining members are "on a creative tear," as they put it, working on new material, which may appear on a new album sometime in the near future.

No word yet on what Safer's post-Rapture plans are but the guy has been busy these days creating his own little DJ mixes.

Here is the band's announcement in full:

Dear Fans and friends,

I've been meaning to catch you up on what's been going on in Rapture world. First off, I'm sad to say that at the beginning of April our buddy Mattie Safer decided to leave the band. We are sad to see him go but it seems it is the best for all of us. Since then, Luke, Vito and I have been on a creative tear. We've been working out of our little Brooklyn make-shift studio, writing, demoing and jamming. I'm pretty damn excited to share the fruits of our labor with you. But it's still gonna be a minute before we hit the studio for real. On the other hand, I am very pleased to announce that the people of the great continent of Australia will be some of the first to hear some of our new material live when we arrive late September for the Parklife festival. In the meantime, keep an eye on this blog and another on your neighborhood dance party, who knows, maybe we'll be spinnin'.

Lotsa Love,
The Rapture