The Grand Return of Sleater-Kinney
In the music world, it has been the week of returns. Hot on the heels of the news that Gorillaz have ended their hiatus, indie band and riot grrrl forerunners Sleater-Kinney have announced a grand return from an eight year hiatus long thought to be a retirement. The band released a brand new track, titled ‘Bury Our Friends’, as well announcing their eighth studio album with an accompanying tour.
The album, scheduled for release this January, is titled No Cities to Love and marks their first album in a decade, since 2005’s The Woods. Sleater-Kinney first rose to prominence in the riot grrrl scene of the Pacific Northwest during the late 1990’s. Their 1997 album, Dig Me Out, is a bona fide masterpiece and mandatory listening for anyone looking to start a punk rock band.
In a cryptic press release, vocalist and guitarist (and Portlandia star) 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.” We’re not sure what could have possibly willed the trio to come back to the music world, but thank goodness they’re back, the world seems far more empowered now.
A comprehensive Sleater-Kinney boxset titled ‘Start Together’ is out this week via Sub Pop Records