Corin Tucker’s name has almost become synonymous with the Riot Grrl movement. As the front woman for bands like Heavens to Betsy and Sleater-Kinney, she played a huge role in raising consciousness for feminist issues to a new group of young women, all with her characteristic growl. When Sleater-Kinney decided to retire back in 2006, Corin took time away from music altogether and focused on her family and a regular full-time job.
Recently, though, after playing a few new songs at various benefits, Tucker was urged to put together a solo album and that’s just what she did. 1,000 Years came out last week and, while it is a departure from her Sleater-Kinney days, it is still uniquely Corin.
AfterEllen.com: Did you have intentions of making this album differently than the SK albums and do you think motherhood has changed your creative process at all?
Corin Tucker: Well I deliberately set out to do something differently with this project. Try different styles and different instrumentation than I did with SK before. I definitely wanted it to be something I hadn’t done before to bring something different to the table. I kind of think a lot of different things influenced it. Being a mom, getting married and just getting older, I think, sometimes can sort of expand your musical outlet a little. You might want to enjoy different kinds of music.
I’ve kind of always liked some of the great folk players like Lucinda Williams and I love Wilco – so I’ve always liked that kind of music and I already was on hiatus – I didn’t do music for a while – so when I came back to it I thought, well if I’m going to do this, I want to do something different.
AE: Are your kids listening to any particular kind of music?
CT: My son loves Green Day. He’s into really great punk rock bands but Marshall also likes the classical composers. He goes to an arts-focused school so we’re trying to show him a lot of different kinds of music. Marshall has also taken piano and now he’s doing trumpet in school and I think music is a really important thing to learn when you’re young.
AE: When you aren’t making music or taking care of your family, what do you spend time doing?
CT: Well I also have a job. I do web development and marketing and training videos for a medical devices company.
AE: That’s for your dad, yeah?
CT: Yeah, my dad started the business in, I think 1992; so it’s been a really great and a really flexible job for me to have with all the parenting responsibilities and being able to do music too, it’s been really great.