What our staff has to say: “Perhaps my favorite band, and this record as one of my favorite albums, period. Truly one of the great indie rock records of the nineties. S-K’s characteristic interlocking and sparring vocals + guitar is to the max on this record, two separate narratives consistently fighting for attention, yet complementing each other at the same time. This record is more downtrodden than their other work, so if you’re familiar with full-blast punk S-K, this one’s a little different. I also have to mention Carrie Brownstein’s guitar work, which I think is some of the best she’s ever done, intricate and restless lines that weave in and out of the spotlight. This record changed how I listen to rock and how I play guitar.” – Hannah
Sleater-Kinney was an acclaimed, American rock band that formed in Olympia, Washington in 1994. The band’s core lineup consisted of Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals), and Janet Weiss (drums). Sleater-Kinney were known for their feminist, left-leaning politics, and were an integral part of the riot grrrl and indie rock scenes in the Pacific Northwest.
The Hot Rock is the fourth studio album by Sleater-Kinney, originally released on February 23, 1999 by Kill Rock Stars. It was produced by Roger Moutenot and recorded at Avast studio in Seattle, Washington in July 1998. The Hot Rock reached #181 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and #12 on the Heatseekers Albums chart, becoming the first Sleater-Kinney album to enter the charts. The Hot Rock appeared at #23 in The Village Voice’s “Pazz & Jop” critics’ poll for 1999. Similarly, Spin placed The Hot Rock at #18 in its list of “The Top 20 Albums of 1999”. In 2002, Rolling Stone ranked the album at #17 on its list of “Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums”.
“The expansive new sound gives Sleater-Kinney room to experiment with their Husker Du-style storytelling… They’ve earned the right to keep reinventing themselves”. – Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone
“Tucker explores what her voice can do when it’s not in overdrive, stretching vowels like a religious supplicant or spewing prosody like Patti Smith. At the same time, Brownstein blossoms as a singer herself […] braiding lines with Tucker so artfully the result sounds like the voicings of a single restless mind”. [Grade: A] – Will Hermes, Entertainment Weekly
The album has been freshly remastered by Greg Calbi for this release. This reissue coincides with Sub Pop’s October 21st, 2014 release of remastered versions of Sleater-Kinney’s six other albums, as well as a limited-edition, deluxe vinyl box set featuring all seven albums.