(SUB POP RECORDS; 2015)
What an astounding return for this wonderful grrrl-punk band from the Pacific Northwest. It’s been ten years since their last album, THE WOODS, came out; then the trio went their own ways. Still good friends, they stayed in touch and decided last year to do something together again. The fact that they have returned in a blaze of glory with ten hard rocking songs about everything – beliefs, relationships, fame, caring about others – is proof positive that they made the right decision. Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss said, “Let’s let it all out,” and they certainly did. My favorite songs are actually towards the end of the album: “Bury Our Friends” (which is getting airplay), “Hey Darling” and the last song, “Fade,” are among the best, but the band rocks the whole way through, taking no prisoners. To sound this good after a long absence is just fine.
These gals aren’t afraid to “let it all go.” There’s a great spirit surrounding these tunes. NO CITIES TO LOVE opens with “Price Tag” and you can tell immediately that they mean business. The amazing Janet Weiss joined Sleater-Kinney way back in 1996, saying she came from the “heavy hitters” drum school, listing the great Zeppelin basher, John Bonham as one of her influences. She absolutely hits hard, but also plays with soul and verve. With people like Sonic Youth no longer in the game, it’s nice to have this great white noise from Sleater-Kinney again, sounding better than ever. The album has received raves from every corner and I wish them nothing but the best, adding my praise to the ever-growing list of ravers.