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Janet Weiss leaves Sleater-Kinney, citing the band’s ‘new direction’

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Today (July 1) marks the midway point of 2019, and few bands have had an impact on the first six months of the year quite like Sleater-Kinney.

The reformed guitar-rock trio have released a series of killer singles (including Song of the Year contender “Hurry On Home”), are prepping the summer release of their new St. Vincent-produced album The Center Won’t Hold (out August 16 via Mom + Pop), and head out on a fall North American tour that hits Boston’s House of Blues on October 29.

But now, they have lost a critical member, as drummer Janet Weiss announced via Twitter that she has left the band. Weiss cites Sleater-Kinney’s “new direction” in her post made earlier today on social media.

“After intense deliberation and with heavy sadness, I have decided to leave Sleater-Kinney,” Weiss writes. “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.”

Read her full statement below.

Sleater-Kinney has also addressed Weiss’ departure. Read their full statement via Instagram.