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The return of Everett True | 73. Sleater-Kinney

The return of Everett True | 73. Sleater-Kinney
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So how does Everett True feel about the news Sleater-Kinney has reformed, you may be asking yourself.

1. Everett True does not like the idea of bands – especially bands rooted in righteous fire and energy – getting back together, per se. Often, Everett True feels, the motivating factor is lack of inspiration, drive or money. Or all three. None of these, Everett True reckons, is much of a reason for getting the band back together. He liked it when it happened in The Blues Brothers, but that was decades ago.  He didn’t like it when he saw The Wedding Present a few years back. He felt it false, pointless. He fucking HATES the Pixies these days with a passion. (We’re talking Pixies, post mid-90s here. I know because I asked him.)

2. Everett True does not feel, however, that  any of the above are motivating factors for the re-emergence of Sleater-Kinney. Evidence would indeed suggest the opposite. I mean, sure Everett True didn’t like Wild Flag – did anyone really?, beyond understandable nostalgia for Sleater-Kinney and the ladies of Wild Flag’s other bands – but everyone bar everyone goes on about how wonderful Portlandia is, and the drumming of Janet Weiss makes him go weak at the knees. As indeed do her band Quasi. And anything else she’s involved in. Except Wild Flag, obviously.

And dude, I… I mean Everett True… dug The Corin Tucker Band the most.

3. Everett True thinks that very few people can howl so coherently and cogently as the ladies of Sleater-Kinney, very few people can make such adrenalin surge down the spine just by opening their mouths to sing. Everett True also believes that the guitar was created to be played by a woman, and that the ladies of Sleater-Kinney fucking ROCK like few others, whatever gender. I know, because I also asked him about this.

4. Everett True still hates Pearl Jam.

5. Everett True is a big fan of what many critics like to refer to as “tangled riffage”. That’s not to say Everett True is a big fan, or even a fan, of the word “riffage”, believing it to have unsavoury patriarchal rockist overtones. He just like the sounds the two words linked together spark in his imagination.

6. Everett True is also a fan of many of the bands that are fans of Sleater-Kinney.

7. Everett True doesn’t understand why lists like this always have to count up to 10. When it comes right down to it, Everett True couldn’t give a shit about any of the above, he just listens to the song and when he listens to the song and it ROCKS and it fires his lust for life and it’s got hooks that will resonate round his head for years to come and a full-throttle sound that makes him pound a virtual hole into his desk and, yes, that tangled riffage pounding out of the guitars and, yes, Janet Weiss drumming then… well fuck’s sake, you know?

HE FUCKING LOVES IT! (Proper Fucking Music Criticism © Everett True 2014)

4 Responses to The return of Everett True | 73. Sleater-Kinney

  1. cbp December 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    But band reformations mean that they tend to sell more tickets for shows than they did the first time round. The older hipsters that caught them first time round want to relive those moments…whilst the younger hipsters, jealous of the older hipsters bragging rights want to tick the box too. Seems to me that box ticking is the name of the game these days. What’s the point of measuring moments by authenticity?

  2. Eric Jarvis December 3, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    The reasons I object to bands reforming are:

    1. Usually they split up because they had become boring and that hasn’t changed.

    2. It means a load of people spending loadsamoney on seeing a load of boring old farts instead of spending it on seeing loads of new brilliant bands.

    3. My old band is spread over 3 fucking continents. Not that we would reform, because we are all too cool for that and have better things to do than get nostalgic for our lost youths… not least because I doubt we can remember all that much of it through the fug of drink and drugs.

  3. Cbp December 3, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Maybe “your old” band has reformed and are currently touring under a different name but just haven’t told you? Perhaps the group split in the first place because they wanted rid, coup d’état?

  4. LeeA December 4, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I propose that everyone who complains about old bands reforming (which is, in itself, an old-hat complaint – Simon Reynolds wrote the book on that and other past-reliving fetishes years ago) should send us a blurb about a new band they think is more exciting and relevant. What SHOULD people see instead of a boring nostalgia trip, then?

    Although, for the record, the single mentioned above doesn’t sound boring to me.

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