HUNGER MAKES ME A MOD­ERN GIRL

Exclaim! - - SHOTS - BY CAR­RIE BROWN­STEIN

Sleater-Kin­ney tri­umphantly re­turned with No Cities to Love last year, fol­low­ing a break that found Car­rie Brown­stein ex­plor­ing life as a writer, as the star of TV’s Port­landia and as a mu­si­cian out­side of her iconic band. That step back also gave her the per­spec­tive nec­es­sary to craft Hunger Makes Me a Mod­ern Girl. Brown­stein traces her own tran­si­tion from an anx­ious child to an im­pas­sioned young mu­si­cian im­mersed in the Olympia, WA punk scene. She writes level-head­edly about her band’s rise, of­fer­ing in­trigu­ing in­sight into her re­la­tion­ship with mu­sic and the phys­i­cally and men­tally painful re­al­i­ties of try­ing to sal­vage a life while on the road. She finds power cre­at­ing move­ment on stage with Sleater-Kin­ney, but seeks out still­ness as soon as she re­turns home. Play­ing mu­sic serves as an emo­tional out­let for Brown­stein, but takes a se­vere phys­i­cal toll on her body. And when that out­let is un­ex­pect­edly but un­avoid­ably taken away, an over­whelm­ing rest­less­ness and loss of self­hood creeps in. Hunger Makes Me a Mod­ern Girl is an af­fect­ing glimpse into what it’s like to live and learn in — and be­yond — the realm of rock’n’roll. SARAH MUR­PHY

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.