Carrie Brownstein addresses the departure of Janet Weiss from Sleater-Kinney: "She left. We asked her to stay."

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      Sleater-Kinney fans got some unexpected news at the beginning of July when long-time drummer Janet Weiss announced that she was leaving the group. 

      What made the announcement odd--and hinted at some major internal strife among band members--was its timing.

      Sleater-Kinney--now reduced to singer-guitarists Corrine Tucker and Carrie Brownstein--announced in January of this year that the trio had entered the studio with the formidable Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) in the producer's chair. Early singles from those sessions-- “Hurry On Home” and “The Future Is Here"--showcased a band that was decidedly slicker and more radio-friendly than in the past, with synths added to the mix.

      Weiss announced that she was leaving just as Sleater-Kinney was gearing up to do promo for the album that resulted from those sessions. The Center Won’t Hold is scheduled for release on August 16, which will then be followed by a touring cycle where the band will need a drummer. 

      In announcing her decision to leave, Weiss stated, somewhat cryptically, "The band is headed in a new direction and it is time for me to move on."

      Sleater-Kinney, which helped invent the riot-grrrl movement, responded with a simple and not terribly illuminating "[We] wish Janet all the best as she starts a new chapter in her life”.

      And that was it. Until yesterday, when Brownstein got into details of the dummer's departure while interacting with fans on her Instagram page.

      A fan posting under the name pinkshyguy666 asked  "Why haven’t y’all made a statement about her leaving? People are buying tickets to your tour. Many of us bought them expecting Janet to be a part of it, and we want to know what’s up."

      The sometimes Portlandia star's answer started with "what am I supposed to say? She left. We asked her to stay". 

      Brownstein also seemed to express disappointment that Weiss didn't make her objections known if she was unhappy in the studio with Clark, noting "she’s raved about this album to us and to Annie."

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      @pinkshyguy666 what am I supposed to say? She left. We asked her to stay. We tried. It’s hard and sad. Most people would ask me, “hey are you ok?” That’s the human response. She’s left us with a job to do, a job we also expected and wanted her to be a part of. Her playing on this record is amazing and she’s raved about this album to us and to Annie. But we have to keep looking to the future. Things change, even when those changes are hard and unexpected. Four amazing women worked on this record and we are going to honor that work. So, what’s up? The usual....Women picking up the pieces when someone quits, because we have to and want to. We’re going to keep going because we believe in ourselves and it’s a privilege to get to play music for people. It’s a new chapter. And all artistic entities have many chapters, if they’re lucky. Either the music will resonate or it won’t.

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