The Coopers announced the departure of Didz through their website. It reads something like this:
"Dear fans and friends of The Cooper Temple Clause, it is with much regret that we must inform you all of Didz Hammond's departure from The Cooper Temple Clause. Though the news saddens us as much as we are sure it does you, we feel it is important to reassure everyone that things ended amicably and there is no bad feelings between anyone concerned. A brother has left the family home, though he shall never leave the family. We extend to him our love and wish him the best, and hope all of you can join us in lending him your support for the future. He shall be dearly missed by everyone and will without doubt make contact himself through the website to sign off in inimitable style."
Barat and bassist Hammond are joined in their new venture by Libertines drummer Gary Powell and guitarist Anthony Rossomando. Barat made the announcement through this here website. To summarise:
"I am proud to announce that our new bass player is none other than the justly acclaimed Didz Hammond, formerly of the Cooper Temple Clause.
"Gary, Stantony, Didz and I have toiled day and night for a demo, and finally we have it. It is testament to the struggles of The Libertines, yet quite different. I wrote it for you, I hope it means something to you all."
DiScuss: Go on then, suggest some names...