Sleater-Kinney’s return has given me a great excuse to dig a little deeper into the band’s past, deeper than I have in my occasional adoration for them in previous years. And while I’ve always been fond of the band’s self-titled, slightly sloppy debut, I had no idea it was recorded in a single day while in Australia. It makes sense, I suppose, with the album coming in at only 22 minutes and most songs drifting in and out before making the huge impact future works would. But when listening through again, it was that opener, “Don’t Think You Wanna,” that’s the most interesting, the initial riff carrying some real gloom with it.
The partially screamed chorus is the main highlight and was an introduction to two women who weren’t making music to be ignored. The repeating of “They know what you are” within the verse is effective, given the themes of identity strewn about their catalog. I’m sure I’ll be doing some more exploring of their tunes throughout the week if you’d like to join in.