Sleater-Kinney were an Alternative Rock
band heavily associated with the Riot Grrrl
scene. They were the longest-lasting band in that scene, forming in 1994 and
going on indefinite hiatus in 2006.
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. This lineup lasted until the end of their career.
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
- 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)
Sleater-Kinney provide examples of: