SLEATER-KINNEY SHARE NEW SINGLE SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT
VIDEO DIRECTED BY CARRIE BROWNSTEIN
AND STARRING SUCCESSION’S J. SMITH-CAMERON
TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED WITH VANCOUVER SHOW ON APRIL 4 AT THE VOGUE THEATRE
NEW ALBUM LITTLE ROPE OUT JANUARY 19
VIA LOMA VISTA
TORONTO, ON – November 8, 2023 – Today, Sleater-Kinney share new single, Say It Like You Mean It, with a video directed by Carrie Brownstein and starring Succession’s J. Smith-Cameron. The track is an unforgettable, unadorned riff backing a raw examination of a relationship coming apart. It’s an exposed nerve ending of a song, and Smith-Cameron exudes unbridled truth when Corin Tucker sings, “Say it like you mean it / I need to hear it before you go / Say it like you mean it / This goodbye hurts when you go.” Watch the video here and listen here.
“The video tells the story of a woman who's lost all sense of what's appropriate,” Brownstein explains. “Sick with the alienation that stems from existing in a disparate emotional state from the person or people closest to her, she grapples with debilitating loss, desires to be seen, and dares you to leave.”
For the video, the band worked with Desert Island Studios, a minority-owned production company, studio facility, and membership collective working to remove barriers in the media industry for historically marginalized communities.
Last month, the band announced their 11th studio album, Little Rope, out January 19 via Loma Vista, with the a powerfully intimate, Hell. The track was called “big, bold, ferocious and plainspoken,” by Paste Magazine, with the New York Times saying it “breaks wide open with anguish and inconsolable fury, as tolling, elegiac verses erupt into bitter power-chorded choruses. Corin Tucker unleashes her scream on the word ‘why.’” Watch Hell here.
Recorded at Flora Recording and Playback in Portland, Oregon with GRAMMY-winning producer John Congleton, Little Rope is one of the most honest and soul-baring albums by one of modern rock’s most vital bands.
Sleater-Kinney is hitting the road in 2024 in support of Little Rope, beginning on February 28 in San Diego and including multiple nights in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as hitting Vancouver. Beforehand, the group will perform at Pitchfork Festival London on November 10 and Corona Capital in Mexico City on November 19. All dates below. Visit sleater-kinney.com for more information.
To call Little Rope flawless feels like an insult to its intent – it careens headfirst into flaw and brokenness – a meditation on what living in a world of perpetual crisis has done to us, and what we do to the world in return. On the surface, the album’s 10 songs veer from spare to anthemic, catchy to deliberately hard-turning. But beneath that are perhaps the most complex and subtle arrangements of any Sleater-Kinney record, and a lyrical and emotional compass pointed firmly in the direction of something both liberating and terrifying: the sense that the only way to gain control is to let it go.
In the autumn of 2022, Carrie Brownstein received a call from Corin Tucker, who herself had just received a call from the American embassy in Italy. Years earlier, Brownstein listed Tucker as her emergency contact on a passport form, and while she had since changed her phone number, Tucker had not. The embassy staff were desperately trying to reach Brownstein. When they finally did, they told her what happened: While vacationing in Italy, Brownstein’s mother and stepfather had been in a car accident. Both were killed.
Although some of the album had already been written, aspects of each song—a guitar solo, the singing style, the sonic approach—were pulled into a changed emotional landscape. As Brownstein and Tucker moved through the early aftermath of the tragedy, elements of what was to become the emotional backbone of Little Rope began to form – how we navigate grief, who we navigate it with, and the ways it transforms us.
November 10 - London, UK @ Pitchfork London Roundhouse *SOLD OUT*
November 19- Mexico City, MX @ Corona Capital
February 28 - San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
February 29 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
March 1 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
March 2 - Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
March 4 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
March 5 - Dallas, TX @ Studio at the Factory
March 6 - Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
March 8 - New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater
March 9 - Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern
March 11 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
March 12 - Washington, DC @ The Anthem
March 13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
March 14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
March 16 - New York, NY @ Racket *SOLD OUT*
March 17 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club *SOLD OUT*
March 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts *SOLD OUT*
March 20 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
March 21 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
March 22 - Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
March 23 - St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
March 25 - Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
March 26 - Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom
March 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
March 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco
March 30 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
March 31 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
April 2 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
April 3 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
April 4 - Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue
April 5 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom