‘The Woods’, released in 2005, is the final studio album from Olympia, Washington’s Sleater Kinney and one of my all-time favourite LPs. The three piece all-female lineup came up through the famous riot grrrl movement of the 90s and over the course of seven studio albums expanded their sound and find favour with indie and rock fans alike. Released in May 2005, ‘The Woods’ is a fitting final act for the band in that it features some of their finest work. I hate to use that tired old ‘these girls rock!’ analogy but this album finds Sleater Kinney on fierce form (check out this live video of ‘Entertain’ from Henry Rollins’ short-lived TV show and tell me you feel otherwise).
Post break-up the band’s members would go on to other interesting projects. Powerhouse drummer Janet Weiss would go on to guest for Bright Eyes and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks amongst others. Corin Tucker took some time off to become a mother and came back with her own solo work in 2010. Guitarist Carrie Brownstein would team up Fred Armisen as the brains behind popular sketch-show Portlandia. If you’ve not checked out Sleater Kinney before then ‘The Woods’ is as good a place to start as any.