Gearing up for the release of The Center Won’t Hold, which drops on August 16th, Sleater-Kinney have dropped the album’s title track. The tune comes as the first song shared from the record after drummer Janet Weiss announced that she was leaving the band.
“‘The Center Won’t Hold’ drops you into the world of catastrophe that touches on the election,” frontwoman Carrie Brownstein explains in a statement. “And almost like a mission statement, at the end of that song, it’s like the band is finding its way out of that space by becoming a rock band.”
The eerie track feels like a distorted loop of non-traditional percussion lines, a booming bass, and off-putting keys as Brownstein wails lines like, “I need a little money/ So I got something to save/ I need a quick injection/ To get you out of my way.” As the song progresses, it bursts into a gritty, all-encompassing rock anthem.
Listen to “The Center Won’t Hold” below.