Next month brings the release of The Center Won’t Hold, the latest album from Sleater-Kinney. The St. Vincent-produced LP follows 2015’s No Cities to Love and is being previewed today with the song “Can I Go On”.
The previously shared title track saw the indie rock icons struggle with the aftermath of the 2016 Election. Carrie Brownstein & co. are similarly frustrated with life on the latest offering, wondering if they have it in them to keep forging on.
“Everyone I know is tired/ Everyone I know is wired/ To machines, it’s obscene/ I’ll just scream til it don’t hurt no more,” the band sings, later adding, “Half the day thrown away/ But I can’t find the thrill anymore.”
“In this song, a woman’s desire is used against her, so she turns it into a sinister infectiousness,” Brownstein explained in a statement. “The narrator finds herself on the brink of self-annihilation, grappling with the paradox of an internal darkness at odds with the pressure to outwardly perform modes of joy, relatability, and likability.”