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Sleater-Kinney share new song “The Center Won’t Hold” (listen)


Following teasers earlier this week, the third single (and title track) from Sleater-Kinney‘s St. Vincent-produced album The Center Won’t Hold is here. It’s a dark art rock song, very different from the previous two singles and different from pretty much anything the band has done before. It’s more proof that this album has plenty of unexpected tricks up its sleeve. Listen below. The Center Won’t Hold drops August 16 via Mom + Pop.

Corin Tucker says, “’The Center Won’t Hold’ drops you into the world of catastrophe that touches on the election. And almost like a mission statement, at the end of that song, it’s like the band is finding its way out of that space by becoming a rock band.” And Carrie Brownstein adds, “Instead of just going into the studio to document what we’d done, we were going in to explore and to find the essence of something. To dig in deeper. It felt like a really crucial part of the process itself, not just the end game.”

The release of this single follows the departure of longtime drummer Janet Weiss (though she left after finishing the album). Earlier this week, Carrie Brownstein further commented on her departure. “What am I supposed to say? She left. We asked her to stay. We tried. It’s hard and sad,” Carrie said. “Most people would ask me, ‘hey are you ok?’ That’s the human response.” You can read more here.

As mentioned, S-K are also touring this fall, including NYC shows on 10/30 at Kings Theatre and Halloween at Hammerstein at Manhattan Center (tickets). No word yet on a replacement drummer for the tour. All dates are listed below.

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