Sleater Kinney is for Lovers

18 Apr

Hello out there music lovers!  If anyone has been reading the music blogs lately you may already be aware that there has been a flurry of activity with the former members of Sleater-Kinney, and more than a few rumors.  It’s been 4 years since Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss announced the indefinite hiatus.  While drummer extraordinaire Janet Weiss has hardly put down her sticks since then, there has been scare a note from the two founding members of the influential punk-rock band.  Until now.  Believe you me, there is much to be excited about and more than a few mistruths to dispel so stay with me…

Carrie Brownstein got a bulk of the rumors flying a few weeks ago when an interview with IFC had her quoted as saying: “I just started a new band after taking many much-needed years off from playing.”  and then added that Janet was also in the band.   She later clarified her comments in an interview with pitchfork (which is brilliant and worth a read) that they weren’t in a new band, but that they had in fact recorded music together with production help from Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Thao, Laura Viers) for a documentary to be released hopefully sometime this year.  Which, while not a new band with records and touring and the like, is still terribly exciting.  Ever since the hiatus I have been eagerly anticipating the musical projects that Carrie would endeavor on, and I have to say, the theme song to ThunderAnt, while great, just isn’t enough.

In addition Carrie has been hard at work writing a whip-smart blog MonitorMix on NPR.org and contributing to the iconic radio show “All Songs Considered.”  Last year she was published in the anthology “State by State: a Panoramic Portrait of America” edited by Matt Weiland and Scott Wilsey, and more recently had four of her essays included in 2009 edition of the “Best Music Writing” anthology edited by Greil Marcus.

As if that weren’t enough Ms. Brownstein has a starring role in the feature film “Some Days Are Better Than Others” directed by Matt McCormick (who also directed the Jumpers music video).  The film, which also stars former Shins member James Mercer, premeired at SXSW and it’s largely as a result of promotional interviews for this film that most of the reunion rumors started.

Corin Tucker announced earlier this week that she is currently recording a solo album to be released later this year on Kill Rock Stars.  Largely inspired by a short preformance at a benefit show in portland last year, the project is being recorded at Little Golden Book Studio in portland with fellow musicians Seth Lorinczi of Golden Bears and Sara Lund of Hungry Ghost.  Theres a great interview with her over at the Portland Mercury’s website in which she talks about what it feels like to record music again, the tone of the album, and how the new Quasi album has upped the ante.

As for specific talk of getting back together there really isn’t a ton, most of it was the indie rumor mill spinning away.  However, the few quotes that we do have are far more hopeful than they have been previously.  When asked specifically about the possibility of a SK reunion in the Mercury interview Corin responded:

“The door is open. We ended things on a hiatus so that it was always something that could happen in the future.”

Janet is quoted by CNN saying:

“Maybe someday. I’m prepared to wait awhile — when those million-dollar offers come in (smiles). It’s not going to be this polished, moneymaking machine. We’ve never been that. The reunion will be just as out of control as it always was. [But] we’re all happy where we are at the moment.”

Carrie adds to IFC:

“To get back into it we have to be in that place where we can immerse ourselves fully. I think it will happen. We have to loop around, and we’re at the far end of the circle, away from the band, but I think we will come back and revisit it. And hopefully that record will be sometime in the next five years.”

So nothing yet.  But far closer than it has seemed before.  And that, dear readers, is something.

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