Sleater-Kinney Make a Triumphant Return to New York CityFebruary 27th, 2015
Sleater-Kinney – Terminal 5 – February 26, 2015
Midway through Sleater-Kinney’s sold-out show last night at Terminal 5, drummer Janet Weiss pounded out the intro to “Entertain,” a song from the group’s seventh LP, the 2005 record The Woods, and the energy that had been pulsing and bubbling throughout the crowd surged to its highest point yet. Perhaps this overwhelming response was something of a collective sigh of relief, for until Sleater-Kinney’s recent reunion and the release of a new album, No Cities to Love, it seemed that The Woods might be the band’s final musical statement. And yet fortunately, here we all were. Of course, there’s also the fact that it’s just a really fantastic song—catchy, sharp, imbued with a sense of immediacy—the quintessential Sleater-Kinney sound.
Throughout the show, Weiss, Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker treated the audience to older favorites like “Oh!,” “Get Up,” “Youth Decay,” “The End of You” and “What’s Mine Is Yours” (complete with windmill guitar strums by Brownstein). Songs from Sleater-Kinney’s excellent new album were also well represented, and witnessing them perform numbers like “Bury Our Friends” and “No Anthems,” it’s clear that the passion and conviction that drove their previous output is still fueling the jagged guitar lines, driving drums and sing-shout vocals.
Sleater-Kinney have also always been driven by their dedication to political and feminist issues, and during the band’s encore, Tucker thanked Planned Parenthood, which has partnered with the trio to provide outreach and information to concertgoers for the duration of their tour. “Reproductive health is just a part of … health. And quite frankly, we are tired of asking for it,” proclaimed Tucker. With that, the band ripped into new song “Gimme Love,” which was quite fitting as New York City definitely had lot of love for Sleater-Kinney last night. —Alena Kastin | @AlenaK