Portlandia star and Sleater-Kinney co-lead singer Carrie Brownstein has revealed that new music from the Washington-based band is currently in the works. The news came during an interview with Billboard while discussing what life would look like after the impending end of Portlandia.
Brownstein founded Sleater-Kinney alongside co-vocalist and guitarist Corin Tucker and drummer Janet Weiss in 1994, influenced by the ‘90s riot grrrl movement. The band’s last album, No Cities to Love (2015), came after an eight-year hiatus, during which Brownstein began working with co-star Fred Armisen on their hit television show Portlandia. The show’s first episode aired Jan. 21, 2011, six years after Sleater-Kinney released what they thought would be their final album.
There’s no official release date for the band’s new album. By the looks of it, however, we might have to wait a while. Brownstein told Billboard, “Now, just so you know, we’re going to do this very slowly … It’s an ongoing conversation.”
Sleater-Kinney released their first-ever live album, Live in Paris, in January 2017. The band later shared “Here We Come” for 7-inches for Planned Parenthood, a previously unreleased track from the No Cities to Love sessions.
With the first episode of Portlandia’s final season set to air Jan. 18 and Brownstein directing her first full-feature film, Fairy Godmother (set to release later this year), it’s hard to imagine a new album coming out any time soon. Still, it’s good to know that the group is coming together again, assuring us that we’ll have more to hear from Brownstein after Portlandia ends.
Read our 2015 profile of Carrie Brownstein right here.