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?
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?
AE: When you aren’t making music or taking care of your family, what do you spend time doing?
AE: That’s for your dad, yeah?