Johnny Marr Leaves Cribs

12 April 2011, 10:22 | Updated: 18 August 2014, 18:07

He's going to work on his own solo project instead....

The former Smiths guitarist joined the Wakefield band four years ago.

He's posted a comment he made to Billboard on his official website, saying,  "I'm working on new solo songs. I'll be putting out two records over the next year or so and doing more film soundtrack work."

He collaborated with Hans Zimmer on the soundtrack to Inception - which was nominated for a BAFTA and an Oscar.

"Touring and recording with Ryan, Gary and Ross has been fantastic and Ignore The Ignorant is something I'm really proud of. We ended up doing much more than we originally set out to, and I've made three good friends," he added.

Meanwhile The Cribs have accepted his decision with grace, posting a reposonse on their website saying they don't want to see it as a split.

"The truth is that, as Johnny said, we did more than we ever set out to do together really - we were initially just playing together as friends, and decided it might be fun to do a trademark Cribs 'surprise one-off seven inch' or something of that ilk, but as we went along we just kept writing," they added.

The band have also described it as an "exciting phase for everyone".