Rolling Stone: Sleater-Kinney
They'll rock your world, then beat you at Trivial Pursuit just for fun
Sleater-Kinney aren't just the best indie-rock band of the last ten years. They also might be the brainiest band in rock, judging by their trivia-contest victories at their favorite local bar in Portland, Oregon. These bouts provided a break for the group while recording its latest album, the fierce One Beat, as well as some recreation for Corin Tucker, who has a young son, Marshall Tucker Bangs. Tucker understands the price of all this good-natured fun. "We get along really well," she says. "No Behind the Music segment could ever be done about us."
Who were your musical heroes growing up?
Janet Weiss: Joe Strummer. Not because he is an infallible genius, but because he chose the path of his own personal truth.
Were there female musicians who were particularly influential on you?
Carrie Brownstein: Absolutely Kim Gordon. I saw Sonic Youth live when I was a teenager, and it inspired me so much. She is such an equal in that band, and her gender is not the only thing. She is not some mini-skirted lead singer.
How has parenting affected your songwriting, Corin?
Tucker: Marshall is all over One Beat. The last year was definitely a difficult time for me, as he was born nine weeks premature and he was in the hospital for a while. It was the hardest thing that I've ever lived through, that fear and anxiety, and I think I was able to let go into the music.
Have things changed for women musicians much during the last decade?
Tucker: Hopefully women are a little more able to take care of their careers. One example I can think of is Ani DiFranco running her own record label and selling 3 million records.
Brownstein: Hip-hop has opened up a whole other space for women to create music and to have really strong images. Women are allowed to be really tough. In rock, in contrast, women are still ghettoized -- you never see a "women in hip-hop" issue. I think that women will never be allowed to save rock music, because the hero -- the rebel who rises from the ashes to save rock -- is always a male.