Photo by Chris Hornbecker
I'm going to be possibly too honest here. I didn't like Sleater-Kinney's The Center Won't Hold or Path of Wellness. And not because their new pop-leaning sound isn't what I want from Sleater-Kinney. Songs from those albums would end up on Spotify playlists, and I would dislike them before I knew who it was by. When I saw they had a new single out, I listened more of out a sense of obligation than excitement. But it turns out "Hell" is a great song. It's in no way a return to form for Sleater-Kinney. This isn't a throwback to their classic 90's sound. Instead, "Hell" stays in their more pop oriented sound, but it's more of a rock based sound than they've had since 2015's comeback album No Cities to Love. It's also more of a dark version of pop, and what I would have hoped for if someone told me Sleater-Kinney would toy with alt-pop more. This is a solid indie rock meets alt-pop song, and I'm thrilled to hear what else they have up their sleeves for us to hear.
You can watch the video for "Hell" below. Little Rope is due out January 19 on Loma Vista Recordings, and is available for pre-order here. For more on Sleater-Kinney, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.