I figured we should conclude the week of Sleater-Kinney with a track from the brand new album, now streaming in full over at NPR, and funny enough, the lead single is still my favorite of the ones I’ve encountered. “Bury Our Friends” begins with a flurry, grimy guitars coming together and immediately signaling a band with not a bit of rust on them. The combined vocals of Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein are the highlight of the hook, one which is probably among the most “radio-ready” they’ve ever crafted.
They sing, “Exhume our idols and bury our friends/We’re wild and weary but we won’t give in,” the latter line a bit reflective of the world they’re re-entering. A world that’s even messier than when they initially left, but a world they’re still not content with letting sit as is. And it’s hard to describe why exactly I enjoy the production of the track so much, so I’ll just say, whatever they did, I’m hoping it’s retained throughout the record.
No Cities To Love is still available for pre-order over at Sub Pop.