XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Bury Our Friends” by Sleater-Kinney

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Sleater-Kinney | Photo by Brigitte Sire
Sleater-Kinney | Photo by Brigitte Sire

The rock and roll band Sleater-Kinney is back and rocking like no time has passed at all since their decision to to go on hiatus in 2004. A lot of people are very happy they’re back together, and releasing a new album, No Cities To Love on January 20th. Their show at Union Transfer on February 28th sold out quickly, and most of the recently announced tour is close to selling out.

The trio – singer and guitarist Corin Tucker, guitarist and singer Carrie Brownstein, and drummer Janet Weiss – last played together in 2004 at Lollapalooza. Since 2004, Tucker has had her own band, the Corin Tucker Band, Weiss has toured and recorded with her group Quasi, and has performed with Stephen Malkmus and Bright Eyes. She also got together with Carrie Brownstein, the trio’s most high profile member in their band Wild Flag. Brownstein, a contributor to NPR Music, is probably best known for the comedy series Portlandia with Fred Armisen.

The importance of Sleater-Kinney can not be understated. For the best perspective, a must read is this recent article on Pitchfork. Simply put, they’re an important feminist indie/punk rock band. Formed in Olympia, Washington in 1994, they came out of the Nineties Pacific Northwest riot grrrl scene, and set a new bar for punk’s political insight and emotional impact. In December, Sub Pop is releasing Start Together, a box set of all seven of the band’s albums, remastered.

Simply, “Bury Our Friends” is a powerful new song from an important band.

Download the song here, or stream it below.

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