It's true, alas. Sleater-Kinney is calling it a day, or eleven years, rather. The following letter from Portland's hard rocking trio of fashionable ladies just arrived in my inbox from Sub Pop, the label that released last year's excellent Sleater-Kinney album The Woods
. The Sub Pop folks say that the band is not doing interviews, and that it wants this statement to speak for itself. Sleater-Kinney will finish its summer tour (which includes no Pacific Northwest dates!) and then hang it up. Weep, Portland. You have lost a great band.
After eleven years as a band, Sleater-Kinney have decided to go on indefinite hiatus. The upcoming summer shows will be our last. As of now, there are no plans for future tours or recordings.
We feel lucky to have had the support of many wonderful people over the years. We want to thank everyone who has worked with us, written kind words about us, performed with us, and inspired us.
But mostly we want to extend our gratitude to our amazing fans. You have been a part of our story from the beginning. We could not have made our music without your enthusiasm, passion, and loyalty. It is you who have made the entire journey worthwhile.
With love and thanks,
That's it. Fin. If you've never heard Sleater-Kinney before, listen to "Jumpers" from The Woods
below and then you'll want to get tickets to these shows.
This is the end. My only friend. The end:
Jul 29 Mellwood Arts Center, Louisville, KY
Jul 31 Starlight Ballroom, Philadelphia, PA
Aug 01 930 Club, Washington, DC
Aug 02 Webster Hall, New York City, NY
Aug 04 Lollapalooza (Grant Park), Chicago, IL
Aug 11 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
Sub Pop: subpop.com