Walking into the venue I was greeted by the intriguing hip-hop stylings of Seattle’s THEEsatisfaction. I had heard good things about the band, but never had a chance to check them out. Once Stasia “Stas” Irons laid out her smooth-as-silk rap accompanied by the inviting vocals of Catherine “Cat” Harris-White, they had my attention. From perfectly melded, harmonious R&B pieces, to near spoken word, powerful statement piece, they are definitely bringing something refreshing to the world.
Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss then took over the stage, better known as Sleater-Kinney. I have always loved the balance between Corin’s vocals and Carrie’s added grit, seeing it live reinforced that fondness even more. My thought going into the show, was that I would be getting into the nostalgic spirit. But being there, in that moment, the rich, punk-inspired rock sound they served up just felt so timeless. Unlike the 90s Grunge movement, Sleater-Kinney’s approach was never really genre specific. They always played solid music, with impacting vocals and it helped to deliver their message. Seeing that in person was something truly special.
I am grateful for having seen this show. I hope they keep going for many years to come.