Christopher Owens breaks-up Girls

Girls, singer-songwriter Christopher Owens has quit the group he co-founded.

Owens announced the news on Twitter and on the website of his band’s label, True Panther Sounds, telling fans that “This may come as a surprise to many & has been an issue of much thought for me. My decision was not easy to make. I am leaving Girls. My reasons at this time are personal. I need to do this in order to progress. I will continue to write & record music. More will be announced soon. I thank you all for everything.”

The other key member of the band Chet “J.R.” White hasn’t yet commented about any future for the band. The rest of the Girls line-up has been somewhat of a revolving door, with Owens and White using the talents of friends and associates to fill out their live shows. “Ever since our first show we’ve played with loads of different people; it’s kinda been our style,” Owens told FL back in 2009. “We usually work with friends we like or think are talented but usually those friends have their own projects so at some point they want to quit and do their own thing, or they never really join fully in the first place… I think I would feel weird at this point working with people who weren’t friends.”

Girls released two albums – 2009’s Album and last year’s Father, Son, Holy Ghost, which made the cut on FL’s list of the year’s best records. The band also toured Australia twice playing at Meredith in 2010 and on the Laneway festival tour earlier this year.