Indie/punk trio Sleater-Kinney is bringing their “love-them-or-hate-them-vocals” and “thrashy riot grrrl” grit to Riot Fest, a decade after their indefinite hiatus and almost two years after their latest release, No Cities To Love (Sub Pop, 2015).
In the wake of her success with Excuse 17, a fellow Olympia, Washington-based punk rock band, Carrie Brownstein partnered with Corin Tucker who fronted influential riot grrrl band Heavens to Betsy to form Sleater-Kinney. Named after a street in nearby Lacey, Washington, the two recruited Janet Weiss (formerly of Quasi) to write and produce their self-titled first album (Chainsaw Records, 1995).
Conceived in a rehearsal studio on Sleater-Kinney street and recorded over a single night in Australia in 1994, Sleater-Kinney saw sales upwards of 1,000 initially, which proved an adequate shot in the arm for the band and resulted in increased sales and acclaim for the next two follow-ups, Call the Doctor (1996) and Dig Me Out (1997), which sold 6,000 copies and 6,4000 in their first year respectively. Their success continued, affording them a taste of the mainstream as they collaborated and toured with notable figures like Pearl Jam and joining the lineup at Lollapalooza in 2006, before their sudden unexplained hiatus in 2006.
Nine years later, Sleater-Kinney emerged (again, unexpectedly and without explanation) with the single “Bury our Friends,” “an infectious three-minute blast of angsty harmonies, subtle bass grooves, and bar rock guitars,” which was followed up with the release of No Cities to Love, which Tucker claims “went for the jugular.”
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