Sleater-Kinney keeps blessing us with new songs. On Wednesday (July 17), the Washington-founded act released the third single off their upcoming new album. Titled “The Center Won’t Hold,” the track is the impending release’s title track.
Watch the lyric video for “The Center Won’t Hold” above.
“The Center Won’t Hold” will join previously released tunes “Hurry on Home” and “The Future is Here” on the band’s forthcoming, ninth studio album. The Center Won’t Hold is due out Aug. 16 through Mom + Pop Records. Pre-orders are currently available for purchase here.
The new song comes several weeks after longtime drummer Janet Weiss announced her departure from the group. Since Weiss’ formal departure, the remaining members have been relatively quiet about her exit. Of course, some fans have taken issue with this, constantly probing the band to speak out about it.
In a recent post on Instagram, Carrie Brownstein addressed those inquiries head-on.
“What am I supposed to say? She left. We asked her to stay. We tried. It’s hard and sad,” Brownstein responded to a fan on the social media platform.
“She’s left us with a job to do, a job we also expected and wanted her to be a part of. Her playing on this record is amazing, and she’s raved about this album to us and to Annie. But we have to keep looking to the future. Things change, even when those changes are hard and unexpected. Four amazing women worked on this record, and we are going to honor that work.”
Weiss announced her departure at the beginning of the month on Twitter.
“The band is heading in a new direction, and it is time for me to move on,” she wrote.
Even with one missing member, Sleater-Kinney will hit the road later this fall. In support of The Center Won’t Hold, the act will play gigs across the continent throughout October and November.
The excursion begins on Oct. 9 at the Fox Theatre in Spokane and concludes a month and a half later on Nov. 23 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle.
The full list of tour dates can be found here.