Published Sep 15, 2014Vancouver indie rock mainstays the New Pornographers have had a big summer with the release of Brill Bruisers and a slew of live dates across North America, but they announced over the weekend that they'll be down a member going forward.
Longtime drummer Kurt Dahle has left the band. Dahle formerly played in Age of Electric and Limblifter, but had devoted most of his professional time to playing with the New Pornographers since their debut album Mass Romantic in 2000.
Dahle has also played with his New Pornographers colleagues on side-projects like Neko Case's The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You and, at times, Dan Bejar's releases as Destroyer.
The band posted the announcement of Dahle's departure from the New Pornographers via Facebook with a message that reads:
Kurt Dahle is leaving the New Pornographers. It has been a great 15 years playing with an amazing drummer, singer and performer. We wish him the best.
Everything is still full steam ahead with the band and we look forward to continued rocking and singing of songs.
Dahle was behind the drum kit at the band's recent Riot Fest show in Toronto, which was apparently also his last with the band. You can see the group's upcoming live shows below and read a history of the band in our recent Exclaim! Timeline.
10/05-06 Seattle, WA - The Showbox
10/08 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
10/09 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
10/10 Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
10/11 Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
10/13 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
10/14 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
10/15 Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace
10/17 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
10/18 San Diego, CA - North Park Theatre
11/04 Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
11/05 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
11/06 Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre
11/07 New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
11/07-09 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/10 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
11/11 Omaha, NE - Slowdown
11/13 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
11/14 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
11/15 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
11/17 New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
11/19 Boston, MA - House of Blues
11/20 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11/21 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11/23 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle