Brown­stein Corin Tucker and Car­rie

Australian Guitar - - Feature -

At the very fore­front of the riot gr­rrl boom that swept the mid-‘90s into a fiercely fem­i­nist tizzy, Sleater-Kin­ney de­liv­ered a well-needed wal­lop of un­for­giv­ing fury and in­can­des­cent en­ergy into a fast stag­nat­ing punk scene. Whip­ping out three of the trend’s big­gest and most bois­ter­ous al­bums back-to-back, the cor­ner­stone of their sound was the rich, yet raw – tight, yet tur­bu­lent and tem­pered – in­ter­play be­tween shred­der-singer duo Car­rie Brown­stein and Corin Tucker.

Though it was largely their po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism that gar­nered most of the at­ten­tion, Sleater-Kin­ney were in­stru­men­tal in de­vel­op­ing the new wave of DIY punk-rock that crash-landed at the turn of the mil­len­nium. And even as both Tucker and Brown­stein moved be­yond the bound­aries of the genre (read­ers might spot the lat­ter in some of their favourite TV dra­mas, for ex­am­ple), they’ve re­mained die-hard gui­tarists first and fore­most. Just look to Sleater-Kin­ney’s 2019 ef­fort, The Cen­ter Won’ t Hold: a roller coaster ride through lash­ings of pow­er­ful riffs a la poignant the­atri­cal­ity.

Fun fact: the self-ti­tled Sleater-Kin­ney de­but – which changed the game for­ever in 1995 – was recorded over one im­promptu overnight stint while Brown­stein and Tucker (then a cou­ple) were hol­i­day­ing in Aus­tralia. So when you think about it, they’re vir­tu­ally lo­cals, right?

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