Sleater-Kinney are an Alternative Rock band heavily associated with the Riot Grrrl scene. They're the longest-lasting band in that scene, forming in 1994 and going on from hiatus from 2006 to 2014.The band was formed in Olympia, Washingtonnote by guitarists/vocalists Corin Tucker (formerly of Heavens to Betsy) and Carrie Brownstein (formerly of Excuse 17). They named themselves after the Sleater-Kinney Road in Lacey, Washington, where their first practice space was. Their drummer for the first two albums was Lora MacFarlane, who was replaced in 1997 by Janet Weiss.While Sleater-Kinney began as a more-or-less typical Riot Grrrl band, they distinguished themselves from the start by lacking a bassist - the role was more or less fulfilled by Tucker's downtuned rhythm guitar. With 1997's Dig Me Out, they started Growing the Beard and experimenting with their style; their new, more melodic and complex sound received much critical acclaim.Since their hiatus, Corin Tucker now has a solo career going, while Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss are in the Supergroup Wild Flag alongside Mary Timony (formerly of Helium and Team Sleep) and Rebecca Cole. Brownstein has a long career as a writer, dating back to when she was a staff writer for The Believer magazine while still a member of the band. She wrote the popular blog Monitor Mix for NPR for several years and can currently be seen in Portlandia, a sketch comedy show she co-created, co-writes and co-stars in with Fred Armisen.The band reunited in 2014 for a new album, No Cities to Love (to be released in 2015), and tour.
- Sleater-Kinney (1995)
- Call the Doctor (1996)
- Dig Me Out (1997)
- The Hot Rock (1999)
- All Hands on the Bad One (2000)
- One Beat (2002)
- The Woods (2005)
- No Cities to Love (2015)
Sleater-Kinney provide examples of:
- Animated Music Video: A cartoon Sleater-Kinney interacts with the Bob's Burgers kids in "A New Wave".
- Epic Rocking: "Let's Call It Love" from The Woods.
- Loudness War: The Woods.
- Questioning Title: "Was It a Lie?" from All Hands on the Bad One.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Carrie and Corin's contrasting vocals are a musical equivalent. Carrie is the Blue Oni to Corin's Red.
- Interestingly, in terms of character and stage persona, it's switched.
- Shout-Out: The cover for Dig Me Out is patterned after the one for The Kinks' album The Kink Kontroversy.
- Three Chords and the Truth: Their first two albums.