Listen: New Sleater-Kinney track, “Surface Envy”

Jeff Terich
Sleater-Kinney No Cities to Love

If there’s one thing that can improve any day instantly, it’s new music by Sleater-Kinney. Today, the trio participated in an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, and in the process, they unveiled their new song, “Surface Envy,” from No Cities to Love — their first new album in 10 years. Stream the track below.

Here are some highlights from the AMA.

On what to expect on tour in 2015: “We have been practicing songs from each album in addition to the new songs. Probably not a lot of rarities as those might have been weeded out years ago for a reason! Some songs fit together in the set better and some are just our favorites like Jumpers or Oh!” [Janet]

On bands they wish they could have seen in their prime: “I wish I had seen Bob Dylan in his prime, Aretha Franklin, the Slits, The Kinks, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Seeds.” [Janet]

On nostalgia: “I don’t have anything against it. But I think it is pernicious to think that everything good happened in the past. Of course nostalgia feels good! I agree.” [Carrie]

On collaboration: “Our songwriting process is very collaborative. Some of these songs began as a jam in our practice space, but many on the new record were started with just Carrie and I knocking around guitar parts together. We all contribute to every song, and change a lot of the parts as develop it. I love playing No Cities to Love!! CT” [Corin]

No Cities to Love is out Jan. 20 via Sub Pop. Read our inaugural Impulse Noise column on the importance of Sleater-Kinney’s return.

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