Song Of The Day: Sleater-Kinney — Bury Our Friends

Song of The Day / January 16, 2015

The Week’s Theme

Favorite Sleater-Kinney Tracks

With the pending release of “No Cities To Love,” the monumental 8th studio album from the Pacific Northwest band, as well as their return from a decade-long hiatus, we take a look at our favorite tracks from their discography.

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.

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Christopher Lantinen
Chris Lantinen is the owner and editor-in-chief of Modern Vinyl. Along with his modest collection of sad sounding records, he collects his share of soundtracks and previously adored indie up-and-comers. Chris is currently a professor of journalism and public relations at Edinboro University in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.

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