After more than a decade of making impassioned, empowered punk rock, Sleater-Kinney have decided to go on "indefinite hiatus."
The influential Portland, Oregon-via-Olympia, Washington, trio made the announcement through their label, Sub Pop, on Tuesday (June 27) afternoon, by issuing a brief statement.
"We feel lucky to have had the support of many wonderful people over the years. We want to thank everyone who has worked with us, written kind words about us, performed with us and inspired us," the statement reads.
"But mostly, we want to extend our gratitude to our amazing fans. You have been a part of our story from the beginning. We could not have made our music without your enthusiasm, passion and loyalty. It is you who have made the entire journey worthwhile."
The announcement comes a few weeks after S-K unveiled a handful of summer shows, which have become a de facto farewell tour, kicking off on July 29 at the Mellwood Arts Center in Louisville, Kentucky, and wrapping up with an August 4 set at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. They'll play a final show in their adopted hometown of Portland on August 12 at the Crystal Ballroom.
Sleater-Kinney — first comprised of guitarists/vocalists Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein and drummer Lora MacFarlane — blasted out of Olympia's riot-grrrl scene with their self-titled 1995 debut, an impressive mix of vocal counter-melody and thrashy guitars that only hinted at bigger things to come. Over the next 10 years, they would replace MacFarlane with the hard-hitting Janet Weiss (in 1997) and ditch the stigma attached to the riot-grrrl label, instead creating a canon of arty, angsty and adventurous rock and roll that would win them legions of devotees — including famous fans like Pearl Jam, who frequently took the act on tour.
They released seven albums, including 1997's anthemic Dig Me Out, 1999's deeply introspective The Hot Rock and 2002's polished, politics-heavy One Beat. Their final LP — last year's abrasive and booming The Woods — demonstrated a sharp changed in direction, as Sleater-Kinney embraced the experimental ethos of producer David Fridmann (see "Sleater-Kinney Coming To Your Neck Of The Woods").
The trio most recently performed at the Coachella festival in Indio, California, in early May.