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Sleater-Kinney Drummer Janet Weiss Announces Departure From Band
Early this morning, drummer Janet Weiss announced that she is leaving Sleater-Kinney, via a note shared on Twitter.
"After intense deliberation and with heavy sadness, I have decided to leave Sleater-Kinney. The band is heading in a new direction and it is time for me to move on," she wrote. "I will never forget the heights we reached or the magnificent times Corin, Carrie and I shared. We were a force of nature. To the dearest SK fans – you're the raddest fans in the universe and I love you."
The alt-rock group is slated to drop their ninth LP, The Center Won't Hold, on Aug. 16 and embark on their North American tour on Sept. 5, followed by a European tour on Feb. 18. Weiss worked with then-bandmates Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein on the latest project, which was produced by GRAMMY winner St. Vincent.
As Brooklyn Vegan explained, Tucker and Brownstein formed Sleater-Kinney in 1994, and Weiss joined in 1996, coming on—and remaining until now—as their fourth drummer. That trio first recorded together on the group's third studio album, 1997's Dig Me Out.
The band also posted a statement on Weiss' departure to social media this morning, writing:
"We are saddened by Janet's decision to leave Sleater-Kinney. It has been an incredible privilege to work with such a talented musician and drummer over the course of so many albums, including The Center Won't Hold. We thank her for joining us on this journey many years ago; we will always cherish our friendship and our time together…We are so excited for everybody to hear the record, and to see you on the road this fall and beyond."