The three members of Sleater-Kinney sat down to talk about their upcoming album and reunion tour with All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, and decided to share a few of the new songs from their first LP in 10 years — No Cities to Love.
They also told Boilen and Hilton how the reunion tour came about. Apparently, Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein were watching Portlandia with Fred Armisten and Tucker’s husband director Lance Bangs, when Tucker mentioned the possibility of a Sleater-Kinney reunion. Both Armisten and Tucker were enthusiastic and supportive of the decision, being massive Sleater-Kinney fans before they met the band members, so the women decided to give it serious thought. Thus, the new work was born.
In regards to whether or not reuniting felt comfortable and natural, Brownstein said, “When we stopped the band, it felt like we were putting it on pause… it wasn’t like we were going to have to revive a corpse. It didn’t feel like anything other than a challenge.”
You can listen to the interview in its entirety below. There’s new music mixed throughout; the clip of “Surface Envy” is around 19:19 and “No Cities To Love” is at 32:29.