BY HEATHER SMITH
The indefinite hiatus is over and Sleater-Kinney is back! The band just announced they will release a new album titled “No Cities to Love” on January 20, 2015 and will go on a 13-date tour starting in February. This will be their first new album since 2005’s “The Woods.”
“No Cities to Love” was recorded in secret at San Francisco’s Tiny Telephone Recordings earlier this year, with additional sessions taking place at Portland’s Kung Fu Bakery Recording Studio and Seattle’s Electrokitty.
John Goodmanson, who worked on four of their previous releases, produced the new album. In a statement, guitarist Carrie Brownstein said, “We sound possessed on these songs, willing it all the entire weight of the band and what it means to us back into existence.”
The first single, “Bury Our Friends” is out now and showcased in a lyric video, featuring Miranda July. It lives up to all the expectations you have with Sleater-Kinney, hard guitar riffs and banging drums mixed in with powerful vocals. The song is also included in “Start Together,” a vinyl box set that spans the band’s career.
Sleater-Kinney went on hiatus in 2005, but the band members have kept busy. Carrie Brownstein has played and recorded as part of the band Wild Flag, but has also been very active acting. She writes and performs with Fred Armisen in IFC’s “Portlandia” and has a part in Amazon’s new series “Transparent.”
Drummer Janet Weiss has been playing with Wild Flag and has collaborated with The Shins as well as fellow alt-rock drummers Matt Cameron and Zach Hill for “Drumgasm.”
Corin Tucker has recorded two albums with The Corin Tucker Band, one in 2010 and a second in 2012. The band reunited to cover “Rockin’ In The Free World” with Pearl Jam in 2013, which fueled speculation of a new Sleater-Kinney project.
Sleater-Kinney has been deemed one of the most influential bands of the riot grrrl movement and I for one, could not be happier to see their return. Welcome back!
For more information about Sleater-Kinney, visit their website.
Heather Smith is the creator and producer of Rubyfruit Radio, a podcast featuring the best in female artists.