Perhaps it’s cheating to write about this 7″ on it’s own? It is part of the “Stay Together 1994-2006″ box set released by Sub Pop on 20th Oct 2014 (more on that particular treasure chest in another post) so it’s not like you could pick this single up on it’s own for a few quid. However, it’s a special one and of all the music in that retrospective collection this was the only new song. This 7″ was a surprise addition to the Stay Together box set. Pressed on white vinyl and completely untitled other than the date 01/20/2015 it sparked a bit of a social media frenzy regarding whether this meant Sleater Kinney were coming back after so many years. Of course we now know the answer to that and that this 7” was a clever way of marketing the re-launch of the band. It’s a single sided record with the song Bury Our Friends on A and the signatures of the band etched onto side B. Somewhat excitingly according to a Sub-Pop tweet 500 random copies of this single were autographed by the band. Looks like I was one of the lucky ones!
As for the song itself I admit to much trepidation when first playing this. Hearing new music from one of your all time favourite bands after such a long time can be a big let down. No such worries here. Immediate relief turns very quickly to hyper excitement as Sleater-Kinney flow straight back into form. The guitars are jerky and angular. The music slows during the verses but the pace is maintained by a determined self-assured vocal sung almost in a staccato style. The chorus stomps, pounds and grins with defiance. “We’re wild and weary but we won’t give in” sums up the tone of this song. It’s a departure from their last album “The Woods” but that album was a bit of a departure from the bands previous style. Bury Our Friends is brash, confident and marks a very exciting return. There’s absolutely no sign that Sleater-Kinney have lost any of the spark that they always displayed all those years ago.
- Label – Sub Pop
- Edition of 3,000 7″ Singles on White Vinyl in paper sleeve (500 copies signed by band)
- Released on 19th October 2014 (UK) as part of Sleater-Kinney Start-Together // 1994-2006 box set
- At time of writing this song is available as a free download at http://www.sleater-kinney.com
- Sleater-Kinney’s album No Cities To Love will be released on 19th Jan 2015 on Sub Pop