January 4, 2024

Sleater-Kinney - "Untidy Creature"

Sleater-Kinney have shared the third single from their upcoming album, Little Rope.

Back in October, the Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein announced their new album as Sleater-Kinney, the third since they've reunited and the second since the departure of their long-time drummer Janet Weiss. Today, the band has shared the third single from the album, "Untidy Creature," and it's a bit of noisy earworm that sounds a bit more grungy than it does Riot Grrrl, but still shreds like you expect from SK's best moments. According to the band:

"Untidy Creature" was the first song we wrote for Little Rope, although we didn’t know it at the time; we weren’t certain we were even working on another record. We also worried it had come too easy, the song featured two elements that come very naturally to Sleater-Kinney: a big guitar riff, an even bigger vocal. But as the year wore on, and our choices and bodily autonomy shrank, our feeling about the song changed. It became a gift, somewhere to put our darkest fears, and our deepest hopes. We sometimes feel trapped or angry, and yet still we breathe. For the video, we wanted imagery that spoke to the themes which permeate Little Rope: uncertainty, restlessness, urgency, all of the in-between and discomfiting states with which we’re forced to reckon. So, we came up with the idea of a woman holding her breath in a bathtub for the duration of the song, unsure of her motivations, not knowing whether she’s seeking escape, disappearance, absolution, or simply a moment of quiet and reprieve. We love the tension created by an act that defies both custom and comfort.

Big guitar riffs and howling vocals have been staples in the Sleater-Kinney catalogue for decades and it's exhilarating to hear them work these fundamental elements back into their sound after vacating them, slightly, on their last album. Here's to hoping the album can still pack the punch like the glory days of old.

Little Rope is out January 19. 

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