Janet Weiss, drummer for Sleater-Kinney, has announced that she is leaving the band.
Weiss posted the following statement 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. I will never forget the heights we reached or the magnificent times Corin [Tucker], Carrie [Brownstein] 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. Experiencing the music together has been an honor of a lifetime. Thank you for sustaining me for the past 24 years and proving without a doubt that love and connection are what saves us.
Tucker and Brownstone released their own statement saying they are “saddened by Janet’s decision to leave Sleater-Kinney. It’s been an incredible privilege to work with such a talent musician and drummer over the course of so many albums.”
“We thank her for joining us on this journey many years ago; we will always cherish our friendship and time together,” the statement added. “We wish Janet all the best as she starts a new chapter in her life.”
Weiss’ departure comes one month before the release of Sleater-Kinney’s new album, The Center Won’t Hold, out August 16th.