Published Jan 25, 2017Sleater-Kinney's history as integral members of the riot grrrl movement has featured many notable moments since their founding over 20 years ago, but a live album had yet to be one of them — until now. Recorded at La Cigale on March 20, 2015, Live in Paris is a powerhouse collection of 13 tracks that best showcase the trio in their natural state: immersed in the passionate performance of their anthemic rock.
The album perfectly captures the abrasive and raw sound that Sleater-Kinney have only strengthened throughout the years. Corin Tucker's sharp vocals and guitar riffs perfectly intertwine with those of Carrie Brownstein's, each emphatic hit of Janet Weiss' drums thunderous. Recorded during a tour in support of No Cities to Love, the band's eighth album, the set boasts impressive new material like the frenetic yet melodic "A New Wave" and fierce opener "Price Tag." The record offers a solid balance of Sleater-Kinney's equally impressive old and new material though, with live cuts of "Dig Me Out" and "I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone" packing just as much punch as they did a decade ago.
It feels appropriate that Live in Paris drops in the wake of the global women's marches of January 21; it serves as a powerful reminder to never stop being loud. (Sub Pop)