We’re getting closer to the release of Sleater-Kinney’s 10th album, The Center Won’t Hold, and the trio just released its title track, which is produced by St. Vincent.
Electronic and almost industrial-sounding with its metallic backing beat, “The Center Won’t Hold” is an intense, raucous and frenetic track. Following the chilling and eerie repeating of the titular lyric, the band break into a frenzy of guitar and thunderous vocals as the song reaches a climactic end. With stark political undertones, the song is powerful and dynamic, and a brutal way to open an album.
“‘The Center Won’t Hold’ drops you into the world of catastrophe that touches on the election. And almost like a mission statement, at the end of that song, it’s like the band is finding its way out of that space by becoming a rock band,” Corin Tucker said in a statement.
The track is the third single released from the forthcoming album. Whereas “The Center Won’t Hold” delves into a hard-rock climax, “Hurry On Home” plays into an electro-rock feel and “The Future Is Here” is a mesmerizing track with a punk groove.
The single is the first taste of music from Sleater-Kinney since drummer Janet Weiss announced she was departing the band, a loss frontwoman Carrie Brownstein opened up about just yesterday, July 16. Out Aug. 16 via Mom + Pop, The Center Can’t Hold is Weiss’ last album with the band.
Watch the lyric video for Sleater-Kinney’s “The Center Won’t Hold” below. You can also see the LP’s album art further down.