Drummer Janet Weiss left Sleater-Kinney because she was no longer ‘a creative equal’

Weiss talks her departure and her relationship with her former bandmates

Janet Weiss has finally addressed her departure from Sleater-Kinney in a new interview on The Trap Set With Joe Wong.

In the podcast, Weiss discusses her role on their recent St. Vincent-produced album, The Center Won’t Hold. “The rules changed within the band, and they told me the rules changed,” Weiss explained. “I said, ‘Am I just the drummer now?’ They said yes. And I said, ‘Can you tell me if I am still a creative equal in the band?’ And they said no. So, I left.”

The renowned drummer also explained that the entire band went through counseling before she cut ties with the band. “I thought about it a lot,” Weiss continued. “I mean, I will never play with two people like that again. They are totally unique, incredible, intuitive players. It’s a lot to walk away from. It’s my sisters, my family. But I couldn’t be in the band and have it not be equal, especially with what it represents to me. It represents equality…. How can we be fighting for equality and not have it in our band? It just became a disconnect.”

Weiss even addressed her relationship with Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker. “They’re not evil people, I just think the two of them are so connected and they really agree on almost everything, they just thought ‘We’re gonna take this band somewhere and we want to be in charge of that, the two of us.’ I think I was a threat to where they wanted the band to go, and who I am, and that felt bad to me,” Weiss stated. “But I love them and they seem happy. They’re doing the thing the way they want to do it.”

Listen to the interview in full here.