Sleater-Kinney stomps on ‘90s nostalgia at Terminal 5

Written By kom nampuldu on Jumat, 27 Februari 2015 | 18.18

The '90s revival is in full swing but on Thursday night in front of a sold-out crowd of grown-up Generation X-ers in Terminal 5, Sleater-Kinney effectively rendered the nostalgia irrelevant.

Brownstein with Janet Weiss, left, and Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney.Photo: Brigitte Sire

The punk trio have returned after ten years of silence during which, their profile has surged thanks to guitarist/singer Carrie Brownstein playing a starring role alongside Fred Armisen in the cult comedy "Portlandia." However, Sleater-Kinney (completed by guitarist Corin Tucker and drummer Janet Weiss) haven't reformed just to wheeze through the classics for a pay check, they've actively pushed the band to brilliant new heights with their latest album "No Cities To Love."

The bounty of fresh material was delivered with fervor and gobbled up by hungry fans with glee; the propulsive rhythms of "Fangless" provided an early highlight while the hectic, swarming riffs and Tucker's banshee voice made "Bury Our Friends" sound startlingly vicious. Sleater-Kinney formed in 1994 and in their youth, their sound veered more towards the scrappier end of the spectrum. But hearing them confidently flex their adult muscles in this way, it was simply impossible to yearn for the good old days.

"No Cities to Love"

There was nothing nostalgic about the group's socio-political stance, either. Sleater-Kinney's association with the progressive "Riot Grrrl" movement of the '90s meant that they were always keen to use their platform to advance female equality. But in 2015, that remains an ongoing fight. "Reproductive health is just a part of health," explained Tucker, referring to the planned parenthood booths placed around the venue. "And quite frankly, we're tired of asking for it."

Even the classic songs were given an added punch. A superb mid-set version of "What's Mine Is Yours" took on a Led Zeppelin-esque dynamic, with Brownstein windmilling like Pete Townshend for good measure. By the time they rounded out the night with a full-throttle run through of "Dig Me Out," they sounded less like a power-trio and more like an army. The '90s were overrated anyway; Sleater-Kinney are back, and they are now.

Opening the show was rising star Lizzo – a 26-year-old rapper/singer from Minneapolis who wins attention with her shock of curly blonde hair but keeps it with her stage presence and charisma. Musically indebted to acts such as Salt 'n' Pepa, Lizzo's old-school spirit was an instant hit during "Batches and Cookies" during which, she ingratiated herself to the crowd further by handing out some chocolate chip goodness from a basket. Beats and baked goods; a winning combination in anyone's book. Both acts return to Terminal 5 for a repeat showing on Friday night. Get close to the front to ensure you can get a taste of all the evening's treats.

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