Amy Klein Quits Titus Andronicus

Just a few days after playing a final show with Titus Andronicus at our CMJ showcase, Amy Klein announced that she was leaving the band to spend more time on her own music projects, which includes the duo Hilly Eye and Amy Klein and the Blue Star Band. She will be exceptionally hard to replace, especially from a cultural standpoint; something of a Riot Grrrl throwback, Klein has spearheaded feminist groups like Permanent Wave and has become an important voice for women in rock and art. Titus Andronicus isn’t only losing a guitarist, they’re losing a role model.

UPDATE: Titus Andronicus has been popping up some videos on their YouTube page, including a cover of Nirvana’s “Breed.” Check it out after the jump.

Amy on her departure:

I want to say an enormous thank you to every one of you for supporting me over the past two years, for cheering wildly at shows, for freaking the fuck out in insane circle pits, for singing along with every word, and for devoting yourself to this music and to this band with a passion that is downright inspiring. For me, the years I have spent in this band have been a time of transformation and self-discovery, and I know it is the power of music and the people who believe in it that have made me the person I am today.

…To all the kids who came to a Titus Andronicus show over the past two years, I would like to say, “You are what punk is for. Punk is in you. Now go and do whatever you want with it.” To every friend I met on the road, I would like to say, “Without you, I couldn’t have done any of this.” To the kind folks at XL, Beggars Group, Merok, Marcata Recording, 13 Artists, and Ground Control Touring—especially Sonya, Chris, Kris, Todd, Kevin, Nicole, and Chavez, I would like to say, “I appreciate all the work you’ve put into this band.”

(via Amy Klein’s Tumblr)

You rock Amy Klein.

[Photo by Ryan Muir @ Glasslands, CMJ 2011]