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Sleater-Kinney Share New Song, Album Title Track “The Center Won’t Hold”

The Center Won’t Hold Due Out August 16 via Mom + Pop

Jul 17, 2019
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Sleater-Kinney are releasing a new album, The Center Won't Hold, on August 16 via Mom + Pop. Now they have shared its title track, "The Center Won't Hold." It's the first new track shared from the album since drummer Janet Weiss unexpectedly announced at the start of the month that she was leaving Sleater-Kinney only a month and a half before their new album is to be released. "The Center Won't Hold" is accompanied by a lyric video animated and directed by Kristen Ferguson. Listen to "The Center Won't Hold" below, followed by the band's upcoming tour dates.

Corin Tucker (guitar/vocals) had this to say about the song in a press release: "'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." 

In the press release Carrie Brownstein (guitar/vocals) also had this to say about recording the album: "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 Center Won't Hold finds the band experimenting with a slightly more polished sound, thanks to producer St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark), and on a new label in Mom + Pop. Prior to the announcement of The Center Won't Hold, Sleater-Kinney shared the album's first single "Hurry On Home" via a Miranda July-directed lyric video for the track (it was one of our Songs of the Week). When the album was announced they shared its second single, "The Future Is Here," which was also one of our Songs of the Week. Then they stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform "Hurry On Home," in what might be Weiss' last public performance with the band.

Sleater-Kinney North American Tour Dates:

09-15 Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
10-09 Spokane, WA - Fox Theater
10-11 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Boise
10-12 Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
10-13 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
10-15 Minneapolis, MN - Palace Theatre
10-16 Milwaukee, WI - The Riverside Theater
10-18 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
10-19 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
10-20 Louisville, KY - Old Forester's Paristown Hall
10-21 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10-23 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
10-25 Washington, DC - The Anthem
10-26 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
10-27 Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
10-29 Boston, MA - House of Blues
10-30 Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre
10-31 New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
11-01 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
11-03 Toronto, Ontario - Rebel Complex
11-04 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
11-05 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
11-07 Houston, TX - House of Blues
11-08 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
11-09 Austin, TX - ACL Live at The Moody Theater
11-11 Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren
11-12 San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park
11-13 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory OC
11-14 Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
11-16 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
11-17 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
11-19 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
11-20 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
11-21 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
11-23 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
11-24 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre

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