Tim Booth has announced James’ upcoming tour will be his last with the band.
The singer says he is ‘midway through a screen play’ and is ‘looking forward to teaching creativity workshops, to act and create some new music’.
The remaining band members are to continue making music together although the future of James itself is uncertain.
Booth begins his statement on James’ official site saying their latest album is their ‘best since Laid’.
He also states the band are ‘getting on better with each other than ever before’.
“So why am I leaving? Well because I want to stop while we are on top. To leave great memories knowing that I feel proud of just about everything we have done.”
He has also sent thanks to everyone connected to the band, including the fans.
“The quality of your listening has enabled us to produce quality. Your faith in us has lifted us to higher levels.
“It seems like you have managed to always see us through the smokescreen of hipness and cool that the music industry is drowning in.”