Watch ‘Broad City’ Stars Ask Sleater-Kinney About ‘No Cities to Love,’ Feminism + More
Sleater-Kinney have been making the rounds in support of their brand-new album, ‘No Cities to Love.' But there has been nothing better than when the trio’s Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss sat down for an interview with Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the writers and stars behind Comedy Central’s ‘Broad City.’
In the interview – which spans an hour and half and can be seen in its entirety above – Jacobson and Glazer’s questions for Sleater-Kinney were wide-ranging: creative process, tour logistics and decorum, feminism and beyond. (There were even a few one-off questions from fan and fellow comedian Amy Poehler).
Early on, Glazer asked if “rocking hard” equates to gender equality for the trio, to which Weiss responded, “Certainly. I feel very strongly about an alternative to the idea of women being a certain way. I think you guys are chipping away at that as well – that sort of quiet, demure, soft-spoken stereotype.”
When discussing how the band reunited, Tucker said it all went down while watching an episode of ‘Portlandia’ with Brownstein -- along with Fred Armisten and Tucker’s husband Lance Bangs, who they call Sleater-Kinney’s “biggest fans.” After that conversation, Brownstein said new music was inevitable.
“There is kind of an inevitability to this band,” Brownstein explained. “It does feel like something that exists outside of us that was orbiting around, and once we could feel it again, we kind of had to get on board.”
When asked if the way they address feminism has changed since the band's beginnings, Tucker answered, “Phase one was a lot more confrontational. Phase one, I was a confrontational, feisty young lady and I needed to be because it was a really different time then. Our culture has changed a lot in the past 20 years and it’s evolved a little bit and that’s kind of rad.”
“There isn’t really a settled state of this band. There’s a part of me that encompasses just a constant agitation at the world. I just mean frustration, ” Brownstein added. “We are still in very tumultuous times, and Sleater-Kinney is the soundtrack to that, for me. It is the conduit through which I can relate and feel empathy.”
And when it comes to being defined as an “all-female band,” Brownstein pointed out the continuing double standards, saying, “No one’s ever asked the question, ‘Why did you decide to be in a band with all men?’ Who want to be a white male? I don’t.”
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