Sleater-Kinney Returns with New Track ‘Untidy Creature’ Ahead of Album Release As they gear up for the launch of their latest album, iconic 1990s grunge band Sleater-Kinney makes a resounding comeback with the release of their new effort, ‘Untidy Creature.’ The instrumental tumult that initially seized global attention remains intact, resonating with a deliberate nonchalance that captivates.
Encased in a contemporary and mature package, the band’s recent tracks seamlessly contribute to the legacy they have already established. Emerging from the vibrant music scene of Olympia, Washington, which fostered the Kill Rock Stars label signing Elliott Smith, Nirvana, Bikini Kill, and Sleater-Kinney, this environment is often credited for shaping the ’90s grunge movement.
The band’s ethos has consistently been one of DIY candor and experimentation. It is reassuring to discover that, in 2023, this spirit still prevails, evident in the energy exuded by ‘Untidy Creature.’ From the massive opening riff to the vocal breakdown, the track embodies the exploration of two enthusiastic musicians finding their way with a creative edge. Rather than a return driven by commercial motives, the song exudes the visceral essence of creative experimentation, fluctuating through various moods.
The track organically took shape, with the band revealing, “‘Untidy Creature’ was the first song we wrote for Little Rope, although we didn’t know it at the time; we weren’t certain we were even working on another record.” They expressed initial concerns about the ease with which the song came together, featuring two elements that inherently characterize Sleater-Kinney: a robust guitar riff and an even more powerful vocal. However, shifting societal dynamics altered their perception of the song. They continued, stating, “But as the year wore on, and our choices and bodily autonomy shrank, our feeling about the song changed. It became a gift, somewhere to put our darkest fears, and our deepest hopes. We sometimes feel trapped or angry, and yet still we breathe.”
With lyrics like “You build a change but your measurements wrong / ’cause I’ll find a way and I’ll pick your lock,” the band delivers a potent statement of resilience and fight. It serves as a perfect representation of the enduring spirit Sleater-Kinney has always embodied—a genuine can-do, won’t-back-down attitude. ‘Untidy Creature’ stands as the third teaser single from their upcoming eleventh studio album, ‘Little Rope,’ scheduled for release on January 19th, 2024.