Janet Weiss has left Sleater-Kinney


The drummer announces her departure from the band ahead of the release of their new album next month.

Today (1 July) Sleater-Kinney’s drummer Janet Weiss has announced her departure from the band after 24 years. Weiss took to Twitter to announce the news. She explained: “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 adds, “I will never forget the heights we reached or magnificent times, Corin, Carrie and I shared. We were a force of nature.” Sleater-Kinney are set to release an upcoming album The Centre Won’t Hold, produced by St. Vincent, on 16 August via Mom + Pop. It will be the first time the band have released new music since 2015’s No Cities to Love.

The band’s official Instagram has since released a statement sadness in Wiess’ departure: “We are saddened by Janet’s decision to leave Sleater-Kinney. It has been an incredible privilege to work with such a talented musician over the course of so many albums, including The Centre Won’t Hold.

Read Janet’s statement in full below, and revisit our Retrospective on Sleater-Kinney’s Dig Me Out.