Don’t write off riot grrrl as a lost genre of the ’90s just yet. Famous riot grrrl group, Sleater-Kinney has reunited for a new album, No Cities To Love, due January 20, 2015. The news came as singer-guitarist, Carrie Brownstein, announced the band’s return on NPR, Monday.
In spite of the eight year hiatus, the ladies of Sleater-Kinney are taking this comeback very seriously. According to Brownstein, “Sleater-Kinney isn’t something you can do half-assed or half-heartedly. . .We had no desire to revisit sounds and styles and paths we had treaded before.”
You can hear their first single off the new album, “Bury Our Friends,” right here. Bonus: it features the multi-talented Miranda July!
The riot grrrl scene emerged from the punk-rock underground of the early 1990s, echoing sentiments of third wave feminism and addressing politically charged topics like violence against women and sexuality.
We’re hoping this Sleater-Kinney revival inspires somewhat of a domino effect. Maybe a few of these bands will be slated for a comeback as well?
1. Bikini Kill
This list would not be complete without a nod to Bikini Kill. They were, after all, one of the few pioneers to the riot grrrl movement. The band parted ways in 1997, but Kathleen Hanna continued to rock on with Le Tigre.
2. Le Tigre
Kathleen Hanna joined forces with Johanna Fateman in 1998 to form the band, Le Tigre. Contrary to the predominantly lo-fi punk style of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre infused their music with electronic samples without sacrificing their riot grrrl roots. Rumor has it, there’s still an unreleased album floating around somewhere. Maybe this Sleater-Kinney comeback will serve as an inspiration?
After a five year hiatus, Bratmobile decided to reunite in 1999, touring with Sleater-Kinney and The Donnas. The band remained together until 2004, where they disbanded yet again. Considering the fact that they’ve reunited once before, maybe there’s a possibility of a second reunion? Just sayin’.
4. Slant 6
Let’s start this one off with a fun fact: The all-female punk band got their name from an in-line six-cylinder engine that was produced by the Chrysler Corporation in the 1960s and ’70s. After a three-year whirlwind of living and touring together, the group disbanded in 1995. Fortunately, the group still holds a mutual admiration for one another.
5. Team Dresch
Donna Dresch founded the band and, interestingly enough, managed Sleater-Kinney on her own label (who knew?). Team Dresch has reunited for quite a few performances in the past (they last performed in Brazil in 2010), so the possibility of a comeback seems almost real! A grrrl can dream.
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