Janet Weiss Leaves Sleater-Kinney; Band Points Assertion

“The band is heading in a brand new course and it’s time for me to maneuver on.”

Jul 01, 2019

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Janet Weiss has introduced that she is leaving Sleater-Kinney solely a month and a half earlier than their new album is launched (The Middle Will not Maintain, due out August 16 by way of Mother + Pop). Weiss, the band’s longtime drummer, stated in a Twitter submit that “the band is heading in a brand new course and it’s time for me to maneuver on.” Sleater-Kinney has responded with an Instagram submit, saying they’re “saddened by Janet’s choice to depart Sleater-Kinney.” Learn each statements beneath.

Whereas not a founding member of Sleater-Kinney, Weiss has been with the band since their 1997-released third album Dig Me Out. Previous to that founding members of Carrie Brownstein (guitar/vocals) and Corin Tucker (guitar/vocals) have been joined by three completely different drummers. Weiss was the one which caught and solidified the basic lineup that continued till they went on hiatus in 2006. The trio then reunited in 2014 and launched a well-received comeback album, No Cities to Love, in 2015 by way of Sub Pop.

The Middle Will not Maintain finds the band experimenting with a barely extra polished sound, due to producer St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark), and on a brand new label in Mother + Pop. It is pure hypothesis, however based mostly on Weiss’ assertion these may very well be components in her choice to depart the band.

Right here is Weiss’ full assertion:

“A Letter To The Followers

After intense deliberation and with heavy unhappiness, I’ve determined to depart Sleater-Kinney. The band is heading in a brand new course and it’s time for me to maneuver on. I’ll always remember the heights we reached or the magnificent occasions Corin, Carrie and I shared. We have been a power of nature. To the dearest SK followers – you are the raddest followers within the universe and I really like you. Experiencing the music collectively has been the respect of a lifetime. Thanks for sustaining me the previous 24 years and for proving indubitably that love and connection are what saves us.”

And right here is Sleater-Kinney’s response assertion:

“We’re saddened by Janet’s choice to depart Sleater-Kinney. It has been an unbelievable privilege to work with such a proficient musician and drummer over the course of so many albums, together with The Middle Will not Maintain.

We thank her for becoming a member of us on this journey a few years in the past; we are going to all the time cherish our friendship and our time collectively. We want Janet all the perfect as she begins a brand new chapter in her life.

We’re so excited for everybody to listen to the document, and to see you on the highway this fall and past.


In addition to Sleater-Kinney, Weiss has carried out in loads of different notable bands. She’s been in Quasi with (now ex-husband) Sam Coomes since 1993. She was in Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks for 2 albums (2008’s Actual Emotional Trash and 2011’s Mirror Site visitors). She was additionally within the short-lived band Wild Flag alongside Brownstein, Mary Timony (Helium), and Rebecca Cole (The Minders). Weiss has additionally performed with Brilliant Eyes, Elliott Smith, and others.

Previous to the announcement of The Middle Will not Maintain, Sleater-Kinney shared the album’s first single “Hurry On Residence” by way of a Miranda July-directed lyric video for the monitor (it was one in every of our Songs of the Week). When the album was introduced they shared its second single, “The Future Is Right here,” which was additionally one in every of our Songs of the Week. Then they stopped by The Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon to carry out “Hurry On Residence,” in what is likely to be Weiss’ final public efficiency with the band.

Sleater-Kinney North American Tour Dates:

10-09 Spokane, WA – Fox Theater
10-11 Boise, ID – Knitting Manufacturing unit Boise
10-12 Salt Lake Metropolis, UT – The Depot
10-13 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
10-15 Minneapolis, MN – Palace Theatre
10-16 Milwaukee, WI – The Riverside Theater
10-18 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
10-19 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
10-20 Louisville, KY – Previous Forester’s Paristown Corridor
10-21 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
10-23 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
10-25 Washington, DC – The Anthem
10-26 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
10-27 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
10-29 Boston, MA – Home of Blues
10-30 Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
10-31 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
11-01 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Corridor
11-03 Toronto, Ontario – Insurgent Advanced
11-04 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
11-05 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
11-07 Houston, TX – Home of Blues
11-08 Dallas, TX – Home of Blues
11-09 Austin, TX – ACL Stay at The Moody Theater
11-11 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
11-12 San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
11-13 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory OC
11-14 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
11-16 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
11-17 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
11-19 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
11-20 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
11-21 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom
11-23 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
11-24 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre

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