After breaking ground and coining the Riot Grrrl label in the 90s with feminist punk outfit Bikini Kill, and going on to defy expectations in the aughts with socially conscious dance-pop trio Le Tigre, Kathleen Hanna returns to the spotlight in a new decade with The Julie Ruin. The five-piece is about to release its debut LP Run Fast, and it’s an amalgamation not just of the styles Hanna has dabbled in, but also underground music culture of the past three decades. The record is streaming this week via NPR Music’s First Listen series, and NPR’s Ann Powers writes that it “connects the dots of Hanna’s long career”:
You can hear The B-52′s in the anti-gentrification rant “Kids in NY,” and X-Ray Spex in the musical manifesto “Oh Come On.” Hanna gets tender, too, in “Just My Kind,” a love song to her Beastie Boy husband Adam Horovitz that evokes younger female bedroom auteurs like Waxahatchee. Best of all is “Cookie Road,” which could be a rejoinder to the Beasties’ prankish early song “Cookie Puss,” this time with aggressive, joyful female ambition as its subject and engine.
Listen to The Julie Ruin’s Run Fast here. The band makes its Philadelphia debut at Union Transfer on Thursday, September 5th; tickets and information can be found here. Below, get a taste of what’s in store via the band’s official album teaser video.