Norwegian outfit Kvelertak are down a member in the midst of their North American tour, but have moved quickly to find a replacement. Drummer Kjetil Gjermundrod had to bow out of the run after experiencing significant pain in his arm. Rather than continue, the drummer returned home to seek treatment and Kvelertak recruited former Against Me! drummer Jay Weinberg to pound the skins for the remainder of the run.

The North American dates are essential for the rising rockers, who have started to make inroads in the U.S. with their sophomore set, 'Meir.' The album topped the charts in Norway and was released in the U.S. in late March.

In their statement on the matter, the band explained:

Our drummer Kjetil has been having trouble with his arm and was unfortunately unable to continue our ongoing North America tour. He left home for Norway yesterday to get treatment so that he doesn't permanently damage his hand, which would suck so much balls.

But, we were lucky to get an awesome replacement in Jay Weinberg (Against Me, Madball, E-street Band) who learned all the songs and played an amazing set yesterday in Seattle. Kjetil is a hard drummer to replace, but Jay might just be the best replacement imaginable. Thanks Jay!!

So, the tour will continue as planned, and tonight is our first show ever in Canada! Vancouver, Rickshaw Theatre to be specific. Come down and rage!!

The band also posted a photo (see above) with Weinberg along with the statement. The group is scheduled to be out on the road in the U.S. and Canada through their May 22 finale in Toronto. To see their full itinerary, check here.