Review – Georgia Corpe
Photos – Zach Hogg
After a decade long absence from our shores Sleater Kinney are back in Aus, tantalising the senses of many with their unmistakable grunge rock/punk across the country. The Triffid is packed in with fans ready and raring for a good ol’ fashion punk concert.
Having last toured the country in 2006, a year prior to the band going on a hiatus until 2013, it is a huge understatement at the least to consider their presence in Australia as “exciting”. The release of their most recent (8th) studio album No Cities No Love see’s the band reach new heights, evolving their melodic punk into cleaner tones and even catchier hooks. It’s clear that we were all keen to see this comeback record translate into a live and intimate setting tonight at the Triffid.
The crowd’s excitement catches up with them as Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss approach the well lit stage. Wasting no time in blowing up the venue with the bands distinctive and upbeat post-punk tunes, Tucker’s pitch modulated guitar (often replicating a skuzzy bass sound) sets off proceedings with Price Tag. The set delves into a showcase of No Cities No Love, throwing in some of the beloved classics such as Modern Girl and Dig Me Out.
The undeniable talent and individual assets each member brings to the table most definitely shines through at a Sleater Kinney live show; Tucker’s room filling voice, Weiss’ precise drumming and Brownstein’s indisputable and equivocal edgy lead guitar, making them an awe-inspiring trio of talented females. Not to mention the fact that being in a room of Sleater Kinney fans can be slightly intimidating (in a totally acceptable way). Mainly women, completely loving each and every song Sleater Kinney play, screaming along to every track with fists-a-pumpin’, making one feel like it’s the 90’s and you are watching the Riot grrl movement unfold before your eyes. And with international women’s day around the corner, the aura of female empowerment is definitely in the air.
Although Tucker’s voice is a spectacle in itself at a Sleater Kinney live performance, it was when Brownstein took hold of the reins completely that the night’s highlight presented itself. A New Wave, a track from the bands 2015 record, see’s Brownstein smash out solo riff after solo riff, whilst simultaneously and passionately belting out her lyrics in an almost trance-like fashion.