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Jon Wurster announces departure from Superchunk

10 February 2023, 17:12 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster has announced that his time in the band has come to an end after more than 30 years.

In February 2022, Superchunk released their 12th studio album Wild Loneliness, and this afternoon Jon Wurster, who joined the band on drums in 1991, announced his departure from the group.

Wurster wrote on Instagram, "Didn’t realize the #rocknrollweirdness of this announcement landing on the 30th anniversary of the release of Superchunk’s On The Mouth until a few moments ago, but here goes:

"Friends, after much soul-searching, I have decided to fade back from my role as Director of Percussive Research at Superchunk Industries. It’s been a very productive thirty-one years but my heart just isn’t in it anymore. I will most likely don The Shirt™ on special occasions, but unless otherwise noted, my office will be occupied by a more than capable, to-be-named DoPR. The immensely talented @lkbroiler will be behind the kit one week from tonight at the Carolina Hurricanes Fan Fest in Raleigh, NC.

"I wish nothing but the best for Mac, Jim and Jason as they continue producing the high quality, live rock music you have come to know and love.

"It has been an honor serving you and I’ll rock your faces somewhere down the line."

Superchunk wrote on their own socials, "Attn! In some serious #rockandrollweirdness, we are about to play our 1st show in 31 yrs without Jon Wurster in the engine room. Jon will be on the throne occasionally in the future but for our show in Raleigh 2/17 you'll feel the power of Laura King (Bat Fangs, Speed Stick)!"

Superchunk's Wild Loneliness album is out now.

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