Each week, Myf Warhurst shines a spotlight on women who should be peppering your playlist. This week it’s the return of indie darlings Sleater Kinney
Photograph by Brigitte Sire
Why would an old band that disappeared off the face of the earth ten years ago be included in a column about women in music you need to know about right now? Well, after years in the wilderness, three-piece indie darlings Sleater-Kinney – one of our favourite offshoots of the Riot Grrrl movement – are back. Much to everyone’s surprise.
They’re back with a bang, too. The trio of Carrie Brownstein (mean axe player and singer and now also the star of the cult TV series Portlandia), Corin Tucker (also on vocals and guitar) and Janet Weiss on the sticks and tubs, announced their re-entry into the contemporary music world when they released a box set of their remastered vinyl recordings in November.
The box set was called Start Together, and as an added bonus, it contained a mysterious new 7” with a date inscribed on it: 1/20/2015. Much to fans’ shock, the mystery recording was a new single, Bury Our Friends; the band’s first new song for ten years. It was then discovered that the date was the release date of a brand new Sleater-Kinney album, No Cities To Love. Sleater-Kinney fans, understandably, went into meltdown.
The resulting album is worth the wait (it’s not out yet, but I managed to get a listen in). Produced by their long time collaborator, John Goodmanson, it sees the band’s signature two guitar/two vocalist sound even bigger than ever. It’s clear that although Goodmanson has intimate knowledge of the band’s sound, rather than replicate what’s gone before, he’s pushed them outside of the comfort zone and far beyond the malaise that was responsible for the band’s demise ten years ago.
This new album is testament to the fact that Sleater-Kinney are back, not just because they missed making music together, but because they have something to say, and they want to say it, loudly and proudly.
No Cities To Love is out on Jan 20, 2015 on Sub Pop.
Single – Bury Our Friends
Myfanwy Warhurst is a broadcaster at Double J radio (ABC Australia), TV presenter, Guardian columnist, music nut and general layabout.