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Sleater-Kinney - "Bury Our Friends"

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This is not a drill. Famed Olympia, WA indie punk rock Sleater-Kinney are back! Returning with their first new record since 2005's amazing The Woods. After the release of that record, the band went on "indefinite hiatus" and we all wept collectively as the prospects of their reunion appeared to grow less and less probable. The girls went on to other horizons, most notably guitarist-singer Carrie Brownstein, who's gained some rightful popularity for writing and co-starring on the TV series Portlandia, and she and drummer Janet Weiss released a very good rock record with their currently defunct band Wild Flag in 2011. The other guitarist-singer, Corin Tucker, who gave the band one of their most defining elements in her untamed caterwaul of a voice, released two records with her band The Corin Tucker Band.

But now they're back! New track "Bury Our Friends" was released on a mysterious 7'' that came with their recent career-spanning box set Start Together, and it has now been officially declared: new record No Cities to Love is coming January 2015! And the song comes with a lyric video for the new single, starring the always awesome Miranda July. Watch and listen above to the chiming, propulsive track, with the twin vocals in the chorus hitting that nice little sweet spot that reminds us why this return is so very, very welcome.

No Cities to Love comes out January 20, via Sub Pop.