No Cities To Love
Sub Pop 1100
Released on January 20, 2015
Vinyl includes MP3 download card
"We sound possessed on these songs," says guitarist/vocalist Carrie
Brownstein about Sleater-Kinney's eighth studio album, No Cities to Love.
"Willing it all – the entire weight of the band and what it means to us – back
The new record is the first in 10 years from the acclaimed trio – Brownstein,
vocalist/guitarist Corin Tucker, and drummer Janet Weiss – who came
crashing out of the '90s Pacific Northwest riot grrrl scene, setting a new bar
for punk's political insight and emotional impact. Formed in Olympia, WA in
1994, Sleater-Kinney were hailed as "America's best rock band" by Greil
Marcus in Time Magazine, and put out seven searing albums in 10 years
before going on indefinite hiatus in 2006.
But the new album isn't about reminiscing, it's about reinvention, the
ignition of an unparalleled chemistry to create new sounds and tell new
stories. "I always considered Corin and Carrie to be musical soulmates,"
says Weiss, whose drums fuel the fire of Tucker and Brownstein's vocal and
guitar interplay. "Something about taking a break brought them closer,
desperate to reach together again for their true expression." The result is a
record that grapples with love, power and redemption without restraint.
Produced by longtime Sleater-Kinney collaborator John Goodmanson, who
helmed many of the band's earlier albums including 1997 breakout set Dig
Me Out, No Cities to Love is indeed formidable from the first beat.
Sleater-Kinney's decade apart made room for family and other fruitful
collaborations, as well as an understanding of what the band's singular
chemistry demands. "Sleater-Kinney isn't something you can do half-assed
or half-heartedly,” says Brownstein. “This band requires a certain
desperation, a direness. We have to be willing to push because the entity
that is this band will push right back."
"The core of this record is our relationship to each other, to the music, and
how all of us still felt strongly enough to about those to sweat it out in the
basement and to try and reinvent our band," adds Tucker. With No Cities to
Love, "we went for the jugular."
Deluxe Lp is as follows: Packaging: 6-panel gatefold, 2 x
180g white vinyl w/ etching on B-side
of bonus 12”, double-sided poster, 2
custom dust sleeves, in hard