Founding member and drummer of The New Pornographers, Kurt Dahle, is leaving the band.
The group released a short statement via their website yesterday (Sept. 14) to inform fans. "Kurt Dahle is leaving the New Pornographers. It has been a great 15 years playing with an amazing drummer, singer and performer," the statement reads. "We wish him the best. Everything is still full steam ahead with the band and we look forward to continued rocking and singing of songs."
No other details have surfaced to explain Dahle's departure, which comes only a few weeks after the band released their sixth studio effort Brill Bruisers last month via Matador Records. Over the summer, The New Pornographers dropped two singles from the album, "War On The East Coast" and the title track. "We were going for some mid-Nineties second-tier Britpop attitude," Frontman Carl Newman told Rolling Stone about "War On The East Coast." "In the past, I've never really wanted to be in the video. But with this, we wanted to have fun and fully be in the video."
RS gave the album three and a half stars with Pitchfork rating it a 7.7. "And so goes another all-star indie-rock Pornos cage match, with Neko Case, per usual, nearly stealing the show ('Marching Orders')," Will Hermes wrote for RS. "Final score: a dark, frothy stalemate."
The group is currently on tour through early December, with stops in Ohio, Canada, Washington and Oregon coming up. Check out their full schedule here.