Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein on new album and Australian tour plans
Indie music lovers around the world rejoiced at the recent news that Portland's Sleater-Kinney would be reforming after over eight years apart.
The band split after releasing The Woods in 2005, an acclaimed record that many considered to be among their finest work. When they split in 2006, the band felt as if they were going out on a high. But, as vocalist/guitarist Carrie Brownstein told Myf Warhurst, they didn't ever feel like they were calling quits forever.
"For us there was always a sense that we would return to Sleater-Kinney," Brownstein said. "We stopped playing at a time that did not feel like the ultimate ending. It felt very much like a pause button. We didn’t come to a grinding halt with a series of albums where we had lost our potency. It wasn't like the story felt completed."
If they were to come back, they wanted to do it properly. Not just feel it out with a handful of reunion shows or festival dates.
"A couple of years ago Corin and I began discussing the possibility of what it would look like to start writing again and how that would work out logistically. The intention was always to make another record, we never just wanted to play shows we really wanted to embark on the next record in the same way we would have in the years following The Woods. It almost felt like the same challenge, even though it was many years later."
Producer John Goodmanson, who had produced the band's Dig Me Out (1997), All Hands on the Bad One (2000) and One Beat (2002) records, worked with the band on their comeback LP No Cities to Love, out in February 2015. Brownstein said the band wanted to enlist a producer who was familiar and comfortable with the band so they wouldn't be too precious in the studio.
"The legacy of Sleater-Kinney is one that people take seriously. Not everyone of course, I'm not trying to overstate it. But I think there are producers who might have been worried about overstepping and almost be too precious about it," she said.
"Because we had worked with John before, he's not precious about Sleater-Kinney. He likes this band, he knows what our capabilities are, but he's not worried about a level of authenticity or returning to anything we've done before."
Brownstein also confirmed the news that all Australian fans wanted to hear. Sleater-Kinney would almost certainly be returning to Australia in 2015.
"Yes we are and I believe it will be at the end of 2015," she said. "We'll tour other parts of the world in spring and summer and when it gets to summer in Australia next year we will get there. We are very excited. Playing Australia has always been one of the highlights of any project we've worked on musically. Certainly in the past with Sleater-Kinney we have lots of fond memories."