David Byrne & St. Vincent + Corin Tucker Band | Tracks
Art-pop team-up offers a postmodern take on the second-line tradition. A reformed Riot Grrrl gets back on message.
Published: September 12, 2012
Corin Tucker Band
Corin Tucker packs a lot into a song. You’d think the former Sleater-Kinney frontlady hadn’t done a thing in the last six years judging from the sheer amount of autobiographical detail crammed into the first minute of “Groundhog Day.” But the tune comes from Kill My Blues, her second album in the last two years. Turns out she’s just got a lot to say. “Que pasa? / I’ve just woken up / Like Rip Van Winkle in a denim miniskirt.” The imagery does no one any favors, but what follows is a rousing feminist call to arms nonetheless. Explaining that she’s been busy raising a family, the Portland fixture vacillates between a playful, almost valley girl drawl and the banshee wail she liberally deployed when coleading the biggest band under the Riot Grrrl banner. She’s back on message here. “I got some dreams living in a back drawer,” she cries in the chorus over an infectious, angular disco-rock throb. It doesn’t hurt that the band includes a handful of her ’90s punk peers, but while “Groundhog Day” may be a team effort, this is firmly Tucker’s show. Get out of the way and let her roar.
The Corin Tucker Band plays the Hideout Block Party & A.V. Fest Saturday 15