In a “Portlandia” interview with Billboard, Carrie Brownstein announced that Sleater-Kinney are working on a new record and talked about recording new music with Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss, saying that they are taking their time. “Now, just so you know, we’re going to do this very slowly,” she said. “It’s an ongoing conversation.” Sleater-Kinney had announced a hiatus in 2006 after their album The Woods which came out in 2005. They returned in 2015 with No Cities to Love.
Sleater-Kinney celebrated the new year with a special show at San Francisco’s Masonic, and they were supported by the Thermals and a DJ set from Spoon’s Britt Daniel. They covered George Michael’s “Faith” as a tribute to the late singer, then they were joined by Daniel and members of the Thermals to end their set with David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel,” as Consequence of Sound points out. Watch it below as well as watch them lead a new year’s countdown (around the nine-minute mark).
After a decade-long silence, Sleater-Kinney breaks it with their eighth album, No Cities To Love. This album continues the band’s legacy of skepticism, intellect, and emotional capacity they had maintained over their previous seven albums. The trio’s urgency for change is part of Sleater-Kinney’s identity and is shown especially in this album, although they still maintain their low-tuned rock tropes with an essence of punk. No Cities To Love is the band’s most accessible album, incorporating a new pop sound into it, with shouted choruses that reel in the listener. Much like their previous work, the lyrics are immensely empathetic, and even after ten years, Sleater-Kinney can still bring in more and more listeners.
Rock band, Sleater-Kinney recently released the video for the song, “No Cities to Love,” which is the title track on their upcoming album.
The video has an array of celebrities singing the song before the actual band takes it away themselves. Among those who were featured were Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Gerard Way, Connie Britton, Miranda July, Fred Armisen, J Mascis, Vanessa Bayer, Ellen Page, Natasha Lyonne, and more. Watch the video here.
The album, No Cities to Love, is expected to come out internationally on January 19 and in the U.S. on January 20.