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A cult concert. For some, Friday, March 20 was synonymous with solar eclipse and peak pollution. The kind of cult rendezvous for feminist punk followers, nostalgic Riot grrrl and all those who shed a tear when the [band] announced their separation. It was in , and Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss had decided to store their guitars for an indefinite period after shaking the feminist rock scene for twelve years. It took them nine to reform and give birth to a new album more pop than punk but still carrying a crazy energy. To say that the Sleater-Kinney are ultra charismatic on stage would almost be an euphemism.
THE CENTER WON’T HOLD
They went on hiatus in and devoted themselves to solo projects. Vincent , and released in August Critics Greil Marcus and Robert Christgau have each praised Sleater-Kinney as one of the essential rock groups of the early s.
So why did their drummer just quit the band? B y now, we know reunion culture is a con. The brief excitement of seeing a favourite band re-form is swiftly tempered by watching them resentfully trot out the hits and confront their mortality. Plus, the past is no longer a novelty but our perpetual groundhog day of recycled franchises and rebooted brands. Not content to rehash old glories, the feminist punks had a brilliant new album, the riotous, new wavy No Cities to Love , and singer-guitarists Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker and drummer Janet Weiss were unabashedly vocal about ending the dearth of fortysomething women in rock. Even better, it turned out not to be a one-off. In mid-June, I am due to meet the trio to discuss their second second coming over lunch in Portland, Oregon, but I get an email hours beforehand saying Weiss is ill. Tucker arrives at the neighbourhood spot first, her striped earrings matching her monochrome T-shirt. We head into the restaurant, which is straight out of Portlandia , the now concluded Emmy-winning satire of life in the zealously artisanal city that Brownstein wrote and starred in. They laugh at the ethical absurdity.