On September 20, the New Pornographers are scheduled to perform in Columbus, Ohio. Five days earlier, it wasn’t clear who would be joining them on drums. The multi-threat Canadian band, fresh off the release of new album Brill Bruisers, announced over the weekend that drummer Kurt Dahle was no longer with the band after a 15-year tenure.
“Kurt Dahle is leaving the New Pornographers,” reads a September 14 post on the group’s website (via SPIN). “It has been a great 15 years playing with an amazing drummer, singer and performer. 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.”
The statement didn’t name Dahle’s replacement or give a reason for his departure. A rep for the New Pornographers didn’t immediately respond to emails asking for further details. The remaining band members include the group’s four main singers — A.C. Newman (previously of Zumpano), Dan Bejar (also of Destroyer), Neko Case (who last year released her latest powerhouse solo album, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You) and Kathryn Calder — along with Blaine Thurier, John Collins and Todd Fancey.
Dahle played on Case’s 2013 album and has toured with her band. It wasn’t clear whether his departure from the New Pornographers also applied to his work with Caseo outside the group. His other previous bands include the Age of Electric and Limblifter. Among his various other credits are work on the Choir Practice’s The Choir Practice and Belle and Sebastian guitarist Stevie Jackson’s solo album, (I Can’t Get No) Stevie Jackson.
The New Pornographers played on September 13 at Victoria, British Columbia’s Rifflandia festival, the same event that marked Chris Walla’s final show with Death Cab for Cutie. Dahle can be seen playing with the New Pornographers as recently as a September 4 concert at New York City’s historic Brill Building (via NPR). The band is also among musical acts participating in a test of Twitter’s new “buy” button. They’ve released their own coffee, and you can watch their “War on the East Coast” video below. For the full list of the New Pornographers tour dates, visit their site.