Published Jul 01, 2019Sleater-Kinney's longtime drummer, Janet Weiss, has announced her departure from the band. The news comes mere weeks before the group release their ninth album, The Center Won't Hold, which is due on August 16.
Weiss took to Twitter earlier this morning to announce her decision. She shared a statement where she said, "The band is heading in a new direction and it is time for me to move on.
"I will never forget the heights we reached or the magnificent times Corin, Carrie and I shared. We were a force of nature."
On a statement shared to Instagram, the band replied, "We thank her for joining us on this journey many years ago; we will always cherish our friendship and our time together. We wish Janet all the best as she starts a new chapter in her life."
Remaining band members Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein have yet to announce a replacement for Weiss.
Weiss joined Sleater-Kinney for their 1997 album, Dig Me Out, and has appeared on every subsequent release, including the forthcoming The Center Won't Hold. Weiss has also performed and recorded with a variety of other projects, including Wild Flag, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Bright Eyes, Elliott Smith and Quasi.
Sleater-Kinney will release their St. Vincent-produced The Center Won't Hold on August 16 on Mom + Pop, followed by a North American tour that will now presumably not include Weiss.
Keep scrolling for the full versions of Weiss' announcement and the band's response.
Big changes. pic.twitter.com/PWWHMWDLU9— Janet Weiss (@jazzzhand) July 1, 2019