Sleater-Kinney American Tour
In early 1997, the most exciting new band in
rock was a trio of young women driving their own van across the country, with
only their friend Tim along as a roadie. "We'd get to the club,"
recalls Sleater-Kinney singer-guitarist Corin Tucker, "and the sound man
would be like, 'Wait. You're the band? You? You girls?'" But playing songs
from its album Dig Me Out, the group bulldozed the staid indie-rock
scene with unbridled punk-rock exuberance. "In Atlanta, 10 women got
onstage and took their shirts off and danced with us," says co-leader
Carrie Brownstein. "I don't know if they'd ever felt that freedom before,
and I was really proud to provide the soundtrack for that." J.D.