Artists of the Week: Sleater-Kinney
As a defining band of the underground feminist hardcore punk movement riot grrrl and as an act that throughout its career never abandoned their overtly political ideals, Sleater-Kinney is nowadays considered not only an archetype of American indie rock, but also one the best and most influential rock bands of the last two decades. Their classic line-up consists of Janet Weiss (drums) and founding members Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar) and Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals).
For a baseless power-trio, Sleater-Kinney kept expanding surprisingly their music vocabulary and sonic assaults throughout an unbeatable series of seven great studio albums from 1994 to 2005, including all-time classics such as 1997’s Dig Me Out and 2002’s One Beat. After 2005’s Dave Fridmann-produced The Woods, the band entered a long hiatus: Tucker dedicated herself to motherhood and a solo career; Weiss drummed for Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks and formed Wild Flag with Brownstein, who meanwhile had become a TV star due to her leading role next to Fred Armisen on Portlandia.
It’s then with big expectations upon them and before their biggest audience yet, that Sleater-Kinney release this week No Cities to Love, a breathtaking comeback studio album filled with their trademarked thunderous guitars and soaring hooks.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.