In August 2006, Sleater-Kinney said farewell to their loyal fans with a scorching show in their Portland hometown. Nine years later, they finally took the stage again in the Northwest, this time headlining Spokane's Knitting Factory in Washington. Last night at the trio's anticipated comeback gig, the group — singer-guitarists Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker and drummer Janet Weiss — held nothing back. After starting off with their ferocious new album No Cities to Love's opener "Price Tag," the band played 22 more career-spanning tracks, building up to an encore that included "Dig Me Out," "Gimme Love" and "I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone."
"Carrie was like, 'If we're gonna do this, it's gotta be a total renewal,'" Corin Tucker recently told Rolling Stone. "All or nothing. We just went for it."
In that spirit, the band allowed our photographer unprecedented access as they prepared for (and played) their first reunion show, letting RS capture everything from their first trip aboard their new tour bus to the last precious seconds before they took the stage. Here's a day in the life of America's fiercest punk band — back to reclaim its title once again. Photos by Chona Kasinger