I was born in the 90s, but, more importantly, so was Sleater-Kinney.
Just over 20 years ago Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss got together in Olympia, Washington and joined their musical forces and created the punk rock genius that is Sleater-Kinney. By converting their riot grrrl movement experience into music, this Pacific Northwest-based girl group was known for proudly vocalizing their feminist and liberal perspectives. The band released seven studio albums before (unfortunately) announcing their indefinite hiatus in 2006.
Luckily, though, they’re back! After nearly a decade of silence, Sleater-Kinney came back to life on Tuesday, January 20 and released their eighth studio album, No Cities to Love. Listen to it here.
Sleater-Kinney’s lengthy hiatus made room for some fresh collaboration and resulted in an empowering, catchy-as-hell album. I love this album because it combines Brownstein’s outrageous guitar skills with Tucker’s intense vocals in a way that will make you want to dance around and dismantle the patriarchy at the same time. The distinctive sound of No Cities to Love will allow long-time fans to reminisce on the good old days and give new listeners the opportunity to step outside of their contemporary comfort zones.
“The core of this record is our relationship to each other, to the music, and how all of us still felt strongly enough to about those to sweat it out in the basement and to try and reinvent our band,” said lead vocalist Corin Tucker.
The band is currently on a world tour, too. If you like what you hear and you want to see Sleater-Kinney live and in the flesh check out their website for tour dates here.
Thanks, Sleater-Kinney, for reigniting the fiery grrrl power in all of us.