13 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ex–Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna here sports an agenda so demanding that the music must also freshen itself at every turn. Second albums are notoriously difficult because artists must evolve beyond their initial energy. Le Tigre’s second album, 2001’s Feminist Sweepstakes, pushes the drum machine up in the mix, while the trio extend their creative reach where most punk bands merely turn up the amps in times of crisis. “Fake French” nearly channels “Hot Stuff” by the Rolling Stones, while “On Guard” uses Poly Styrene–styled shrieks to prove Hanna can’t mellow out. As long as ideas keep her awake, the band know to follow.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ex–Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna here sports an agenda so demanding that the music must also freshen itself at every turn. Second albums are notoriously difficult because artists must evolve beyond their initial energy. Le Tigre’s second album, 2001’s Feminist Sweepstakes, pushes the drum machine up in the mix, while the trio extend their creative reach where most punk bands merely turn up the amps in times of crisis. “Fake French” nearly channels “Hot Stuff” by the Rolling Stones, while “On Guard” uses Poly Styrene–styled shrieks to prove Hanna can’t mellow out. As long as ideas keep her awake, the band know to follow.

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About Le Tigre

Originally conceived as the live backing band for her Julie Ruin solo project, Bikini Kill founder and quintessential riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna formed Le Tigre, another bold, feminist-oriented trio, with filmmaker Sadie Benning and zine creator Johanna Fateman in 1998. Borrowing a page from Hanna's Julie Ruin output, Le Tigre mixed punk's directness and politics with playful samples, eclectic pop, and lo-fi electronics. The group also added multimedia and performance art elements to their live shows, which often featured support from like-minded acts such as the Need. Le Tigre arrived in late 1999 on Mr. Lady, followed by the From the Desk of Mr. Lady EP in 2001. Benning left the group to pursue her filmmaking career before the recording of Le Tigre's second album, Feminist Sweepstakes, and was replaced by J.D. Samson. Feminist Sweepstakes, which featured a more sophisticated sound and more overtly political lyrics, arrived later in 2001. Remixes followed in summer 2002. The band made a surprising leap to the majors for 2004's This Island, which was distributed through Universal. ~ Heather Phares & MacKenzie Wilson

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