Sleater Kinney And The Art Of Breaking Up
  • MONDAY, MARCH 02, 2015

  • Posted by: Emily Daly

Sleater-Kinney: It seems like these days their name is everywhere, whether they're touring, rocking out on television shows, or releasing adorable music videos. After dropping their first album in almost a decade, No Cities To Love, they began their pop culture take over. Appearing on multiple late night shows, making a Bob's Burgers music video, among other popular appearances, many of which Fred Armisen pops up in.

It's hard to believe they were even gone for nine years. Now it seems like no one can get enough of Sleater-Kinney, and while they are undeniably awesome, a big part of why they're in such high demand is because for almost a decade they didn't exist. It's a pretty established rule of economics; if you take something away, it only becomes more desirable. It's why people love the McRib -- I promise you it isn't the taste -- or take back a terrible ex.

Sleater-Kinney had another advantage to their comeback, though: none of the band's members sat idly while they weren't together. Janet Weiss continued to drum with Quasi, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, and The Shins. Corin Tucker had her solo music project working. Most importantly, though, Carrie Brownstein started the beloved comedy show Portlandia. Though Sleater-Kinney was successful in the 90's and early 2000's, Brownstein's acting was what she was known for to those coming-of-age in 2011. As the show gained popularity, she became a household name. Anything she did was bound to be followed closely by the press, and the band's recent release definitely benefited from this.

But even if their members aren't making viewers laugh with Fred Armisen, a band's sudden return can still attract attention. Fleetwood Mac got back together last summer to tour, and now Stevie Nicks is singing to stadiums full of fans. Outkast announced their reunion and immediately started headlining festivals, and the internet is buzzing with excitement for the first Modest Mouse album in eight years, which is set to drop next month. Tool has been on a nine-year recording hiatus, and music blogs flip when they're teased with sporadic updates. Remember all the excitement over Weezer when they released Everything Will Be Alright In The End after a comparably short four years?

History shows that taking a break can sometimes be the best thing for a band. Though there are practical reasons from a musician's standpoint, such as spending time with family, putting effort into a solo project, or pursuing a hobby in knitting. It isn't good teasing if everyone knows what you're doing. You'll never hear a band say they're pressing pause so that when they press play again you'll be really ready for it. When is works, it works, and it works good.

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