Carrie Brownstein on Sleater-Kinney future: ‘I think we have more to say’

US band appeared on stage together in November last year

Carrie Brownstein has hinted at a Sleater-Kinney reunion, following the band’s onstage appearance at a Pearl Jam gig last year.

Sleater-Kinney went on an indefinite hiatus in 2006 with Brownstein going on to form Wild Flag with the band’s drummer Janet Weiss as well as write and star in US TV show Portlandia.

Speaking to Stereogum, Brownstein confirms that there are no future plans for Wild Flag and admits she has been considering a return to the group.


Discussing a recent conversation she had about the band, she said: “This is something I was actually talking about with Tavi Gevinson who does Rookie Mag. I’m such a fan of hers and her writing, and we were having coffee in Portland and we were just talking about how when something is very tied to a certain time in your life — it’s sometimes hard to reenter that at a different age or with a different perspective. So, it’s like finding a way into the container that is Sleater-Kinney, finding a way of entering that with something that isn’t necessarily as urgent as it was for me when I was 22.”

She continued: “What I appreciate about Sleater-Kinney is that we did six records and they all felt different. It was a band that was able to encapsulate different sensibilities because we were focusing on it as music and art and not as a statement. That was something other people ascribed to it more than we did. So I would be curious. I think we have more to say. I think we ended at a time when it wasn’t tapering off, actually. I would be curious to know what the rest of the story is with that band.”

Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss (along with REM’s Peter Buck) joined Pearl Jam onstage at their Moda Center concert in Portland in November 2013, where they covered Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’.