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Corin Tucker announces her first solo album after Sleater-Kinney

April 14, 2010 |  4:32 pm


According to the Portland Mercury, one of indie’s enduring powerhouse singers, Corin Tucker, is coming out with a solo album on Kill Rock Stars due in October. For those who didn’t educate themselves back in the day with that rare issue of Magnet featuring real live women on the cover (OK, so we’re still a little bitter), Tucker’s maelstrom of a voice led the fiercely femme band Sleater-Kinney, which has been on hiatus since 2006.

Teaming up with Hungry Ghost’s Sara Lund on drums and Seth Lorinczi of Golden Bears producing and playing various instruments, Tucker states that the 11-song collection will be more of a “middle-aged mom record… it’s not a record a young person would write.” Tucker claims to have taken some of her cues from another sometimes-vitriolic middle-aged mom: Sinead O’Connor and her fiery, beautiful debut, “The Lion and the Cobra.” Tucker also says she’s been inspired by the Slits, Raincoats and the English Beat, as well as the new record from Quasi, helmed in part by Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss.

Tucker, who has two children, plans on touring in support of the record but not at the breakneck pace of Sleater-Kinney. She said some of the songs do exist “in the same ballpark” as her old threesome and their keyed-up tangle of words and guitar, but the different players and changed focus will yield a unique vision.

“I take certain feelings or certain experiences and put them into a little story,” she said. “And there are definitely some ghosts on the record, too—ghost songs. There's some sadness, some reinvention, some rebirth.”

Playing off of SK guitarist Carrie Brownstein’s recent hints to IFC about getting Sleater-Kinney back together, Tucker said “the door is open. We ended things on a hiatus so that it was always something that could happen in the future. You know, I'd love to live a long productive life and do a lot of different things.”

--Margaret Wappler

Photo: Corin Tucker playing All Tomorrow's Parties in 2002. Credit: Los Angeles Times