UPDATE: Sleater-Kinney have gone ahead and announced that Australian tour, alongside an appearance at Meredith’s Golden Plains Festival in March. See dates and ticket details below.
UPDATE 23/11/14: Band management has advised that an Australian tour has not been confirmed and plans are still in their early stages.
Influential rockers Sleater-Kinney, who this year returned from hiatus and in a few months are expected to release their first studio album in a decade, say they will be making their way to Australia in 2015.
Speaking to Double J’s Myf Warhurst, guitarist and vocalist Carrie Brownstein confirmed the band plan on touring Australia towards “the end of 2015”. “We’ll tour other parts of the world in spring and summer and when it gets to summer in Australia next year we will get there,” she said.
“We are very excited. Playing Australia has always been one of the highlights of any project we’ve worked on musically. Certainly in the past with Sleater-Kinney we have lots of fond memories.”
Just last month, Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss announced they would be ending Sleater-Kinney’s eight year hiatus and will follow up 2005’s The Woods with new album No Cities To Love, due out in January 2015.
“A couple of years ago Corin and I began discussing the possibility of what it would look like to start writing again and how that would work out logistically,” explained Brownstein.
“The intention was always to make another record, we never just wanted to play shows we really wanted to embark on the next record in the same way we would have in the years following The Woods. It almost felt like the same challenge, even though it was many years later.”
On No Cities To Love Sleater-Kinney worked with producer John Goodmanson, who helmed three of their previous albums. “Because we had worked with John before, he’s not precious about Sleater-Kinney,” adds Brownstein. “He likes this band, he knows what our capabilities are, but he’s not worried about a level of authenticity or returning to anything we’ve done before.”
The band have already shared a lyric video for Bury Our Friends (below), the first track to be taken from No Cities To Love. The track can be downloaded for free at the Sleater-Kinney website.
Watch: Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends feat. Miranda July (Lyric Video)
Sleater-Kinney 2016 Australian Tour
Tickets to Sleater-Kinney’s Sydney show go on sale Friday, 30th October. All other shows on sale now, unless sold out.
Friday, 4th March 2016
Saturday, 5th March 2016
Sunday, 6th March 2016
Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Wednesday, 9th March 2016 — SOLD OUT
The Croxton, Melbourne
Thursday, 10th March 2016
The Croxton, Melbourne
Also appearing at Golden Plains Festival