Multi-instrumentalist and original bad seed, Mick Harvey, has decided to leave Nick Cave and the boys "for a variety of personal and professional reasons," reports NME.

"After 25 years I feel I am leaving the band as it experiences one of its many peaks; in very healthy condition, and with fantastic prospects for the future."

Harvey, who founded The Bad Seeds with Cave back in 1983 has said he will continue to work on the band's back catalogue reissue projects.