An interview with Corin Tucker


AE: Do you think a modern-day riot grrl movement still exists or has it sort of faded away into the background of shock-effect pop stars like Lady Gaga?

I think feminism still exists. Riot grrl itself was kind of a really specific movement and it was young women sort of redefining feminism for themselves and kind of really redefining culture for themselves. I think feminism is a bigger part of our culture now than it was twenty years ago. We’re making progress. We just have to keep fighting to have equality in the workplace and equality in our culture too. We can’t just go like, “Woo we did it!” and were done. It’s obviously a continuing process and we have to work for it and fight for it. We’ve made some pretty amazing strides just in my lifetime.

Heavens to Betsy

AE: How does it feel to be such a huge part of the movement? How have you embraced that role, like it or not, to be one of the leaders of that pack.

I guess I feel like I’ve done something positive to help other young women.

AE: Do you feel pressure at all?

I think I did when I was younger and I struggled with that idea of sort of being watched by other people. Especially when Sleater-Kinney became more famous and I was in my 20s. It was really overwhelming at the time. I didn’t really know how to talk to people. I think I’m naturally a kind of introverted person.

So, at times I was overwhelmed but, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve been able to take a step back and think about how to talk to the fans and how to talk to strangers and be a bit more gracious about that attention.

Also, touring with Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam helped with that experience. Eddie is one of the most famous people I can think of and he was so gracious with people and understands that role very well. I think that helps.

The Corin Tucker Band

AE: Are you active on Facebook? Do people from high school try to contact you the same way my friends from high school do?

[Laughs] Yes. In fact, I just went to my twentieth high school reunion.

AE: Oh wow!

Yeah, I know, it was like “Hello I’m old!” [Laughs] it was so many things at once but it was so fun and I’m so glad I did it. I even ended up performing at the barbecue jam session at my friend’s house. We had this exclusive country club dinner that cost way too much money and then the next day, which was really cool, we had a free pot luck barbecue so everyone could see each other again and it was great. For me it was seriously this really positive experience. Just kind of acknowledging your past identity and your present identity and opening up the door between the two.

And being able to say to those people, it’s really good to see you again and being able to perform some songs from my solo record and show people, “Hey this is kind of what I’ve been doing for the past twenty years I want to share it with you,” it was kind of totally liberating.

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