Bands

Janet Weiss

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Well, this is sad and somewhat shocking:

"The band is heading in a new direction and it is time for me to move on"

Janet Weiss, the drummer of Sleater-Kinney, has announced her surprise departure from the band after 24 years.

In a statement on Twitter, Weiss said: “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. I will never forget the heights we reached, or the magnificent times Corin, Carrie and I shared.

I don’t care why Weiss left the band, and I don’t think it’s anyone’s business. The music industry is very difficult to understand right now. In one sense it’s easy—there’s no money but you get to play for free! And in another sense, it comes down to whether there are enough people willing to support you and help you through the tough times. For Sleater-Kinney, I would have thought there would be enough of a support system there to let the members have some freedom and some real opportunities to go out and play. But, when you get into a creative setting, things can fall apart. It’s sad, and it’s frustrating, but think of how it is for them.

Some people just get to the end of that road, and they don’t want to play anymore. Some people get to a point where it is just too much of a difficult decision—leave your family, leave the people you love, go on the road, and end up breaking even or less at the end of a tour. Or it’s a great living, and you could do very well, but at what cost? You just never know why people do what they do and why they stop doing what they do.

You can’t begrudge someone who moves on and leaves your favorite band. You can’t hold it against them because, unless you’ve been where Weiss has been, you just can’t know why they need to go in a different direction.