Earlier this month, Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss announced she was leaving the band, and now, frontwoman Carrie Brownstein has responded to the departure of her band member.
Yesterday, Brownstein posted a teaser clip for Sleater-Kinney’s forthcoming album, The Center Won’t Hold. One curious fan commented on the post to ask, “Why haven’t y’all made a statement about [Weiss] 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.”
Brownstein responded with a lengthy statement that you can read below.
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.
Their forthcoming album The Centre Won’t Hold drops on August 16th.