Janet Weiss Quits Sleater Kinney

Did... not see this one coming.

July 1, 2019

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Riot Girl power trio, Sleater Kinney are now officially a power duo as drummer Janet Weiss has announced her exit from the band today.  In a statement released on social media she revealed the following:

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, 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. Experiencing the music together has been the honor of a lifetime. Thank you for sustaining me the past 24 years and for proving without a doubt that love and connection are what saves us.

Not alone in addressing the departure, the band's remaining members issued a statement of their own, which follows:

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 wish Janet all the best as she starts a new chapter in her life.
We are so excited for everyone to hear the record, and to see you on the road this fall and beyond.

So far there's no word on who will replace the legendary timekeeper, but with the band set to release their new LP later this year and a tour in support kicking off October 9th, chances are we'll be finding out sooner than later.  Check out first single "Hurry On Home", below.