Currently hunkered down in the studio while drummer Tim Hart has been enjoying his dalliance as a solo act with a short tour in support of his debut, Milling The WindSydney’s Boy & Bear revealed some news yesterday that one of the members of the folk-rock quintet would be moving on for a permanent vacation.

In a message released through their Facebook page, Boy & Bear announced that their bass player Jake Tarasenko would be leaving the band writing:

“Just wanted to let you all know that our good friend & bass player, Jake Tarasenko has decided to leave the band to pursue other interests.

We will miss Jake and wish him all the best for the future. We are currently writing our next album and can’t wait to get back out there in 2013 to play you all some new tunes. Much love, Boy & Bear.”

The other interests that Tarasenko is likely to pursue will probably still be of the musical variety, as FasterLouder point out the (ex)Boy & Bear bassist guested on fellow drummer, Tim Hart’s solo album and was also part of the backing band for UK singer-songwriter Laura Marling.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Boy & Bear lineup – Tim and Jon Hart, Killian Gavin, and frontman Dave Hosking – are busy working on the follow-up to their 2011 debut album, Moonfire, which blitzed the ARIA Awards last year.

The awards ceremony last November saw them waking away with five gongs for their critically acclaimed, self-produced record, including: Best Adult Alternative Album, Breakthrough Artist – Single, Breakthrough Artist – Album, Best Group, and the coveted Album Of The Year for 2011.

During their latest tour in May, Boy & Bear with Tarasenko, also won a 2012 APRA Award for the ‘Breakthrough Songwriter’, which was presented to the nu-folkies by special guest Yusuf Islam (the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens).

Boy & Bear will no doubt be looking for a temporary replacement bass player for their upcoming appearances at Falls Festival and Southbound at year’s end.