Janet Weiss Leaves Sleater-Kinney

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.

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Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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