Philly punks Ma Jolie have announced that they will be parting ways with guitarist Mark Broscoe after they wrap up their next three shows. Both the band and Broscoe released statements which make the split sound very amicable. You can read Broscoe’s farewell here:
“It’s with a lot of mixed emotions that I say goodbye to Ma Jolie, a musical project that started with little to no expectations and grew into something really special that has accomplished a lot over the past 2 years. From recording and releasing 2 LPs to opening up for one of my favorite bands, Good Riddance, to hitting the road for 10 days with our new friends in Cayetana, these are all experiences I never could have imagined having, and I won’t forget them. I have nothing but respect and appreciation for Frank, Mike, and Jeff, who have all been incredibly understanding and supportive of my decision to leave the band. There is no doubt that they will continue to write amazing new songs and take this band to the next level. Thanks to all of you who have made these last 2 years of my life really memorable!”
And here’s the band’s official statement:
“Mark is a dear friend to us and we understand the decision he needed to make. If anyone knows Mark you know how much of a compassionate and socially minded individual he is and it’s something that we all admire. He strives to help others at all times. Every Sunday after practice he would go to Lava Space and work with Food Not Bombs to help cook food for the less fortunate. He does everything in his power to help serve the community. He’s an amazing person who will continue to do great things in life. He will be missed in Ma Jolie as a bandmate but more importantly as a friend we all love.
With all of this being said, Ma Jolie is moving forward with plans for the spring and summer. We have some very talented friends who will be filling in for us on shows coming up in March/April. We’re very excited for what the future holds and continuing on as Ma Jolie.
Here are Mark’s last shows with us. We will end where we started with Mark. In a basement in Philadelphia. Come show him a nice farewell.”
Ma Jolie’s final release with Broscoe was their sophomore album, Polars, which was released in November 2013 through Lame-O Records.