The Stands have split up after frontman Howie Payne decided he is no longer continuing with the group.

Writing on the band's web site,, the singer explained that he is not turning his back on music, but is to move away from working with his band.

"I thought I should be the one to break the news that after much thought I have decided to no longer continue with The Stands,"

"It has been a wonderful few years or so but over the last months my heart has been slowly being drawn towards the idea of change and musical pastures new. Recent times have been both creative and difficult in equal measure. I guess in order to seek clarity I want to now take some time to get some fresh air and move onto something new."

Payne said that all the band thanks the fans for their "support" and "taking the time to listen to our records".