Corin Tucker

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Corin Tucker
Tucker performing live with Sleater-Kinney in London, 2015
Tucker performing live with Sleater-Kinney in London, 2015
Background information
Birth nameCorin Lisa Tucker
Born (1972-11-09) November 9, 1972 (age 48)
Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
Associated acts

Corin Lisa Tucker (born November 9, 1972)[1] is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known for her work with rock band Sleater-Kinney. Prior to forming Sleater-Kinney, Tucker was a member of the indie rock group Heavens to Betsy. She has also released work under the name The Corin Tucker Band.

Early life[edit]

Tucker was born in Eugene, Oregon, and spent her childhood in Grand Forks, North Dakota.[2] Her father was a folk singer.[3][4][5] In the early 1990s, Tucker attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where she studied film, political economy, and social change.[6] Although Sleater-Kinney was formed in Olympia, and later relocated to Portland, Oregon, Tucker still describes herself as "a small-town girl" from Eugene.

Before forming Sleater-Kinney, Tucker played in Heartless Martin with Becca Albee of Excuse 17. Heartless Martin would release one EP, entitled Tonight.


Heavens to Betsy[edit]

Tucker was a founding member of the influential riot grrrl band Heavens to Betsy. She played the first public show of her career when the band performed at the International Pop Underground Convention in 1991.[7] Heavens to Betsy recorded a split single with Bratmobile, and a number of singles for independent record labels. They frequently played shows with Excuse 17, and the two bands both appeared on the compilation LP Free to Fight. Heavens to Betsy would release one album, Calculated, in 1994.


After Heavens to Betsy split, Tucker formed Sleater-Kinney with Excuse 17 member Carrie Brownstein and friend Lora McFarlane. She sang lead vocals and played second guitar to Brownstein's lead. Tucker released seven albums with Sleater-Kinney over the span of 11 years before going on hiatus in 2006. According to Brownstein in March 2010, Sleater-Kinney would reunite and release an album of new material within the next 5 years.[8] A new album by the trio was indeed released in January 2015 with a subsequent tour.


During her time with Sleater-Kinney, Tucker worked on a side project, Cadallaca, with Sarah Dougher and sts of The Lookers. In 1998, Cadallaca released their first album, Introducing Cadallaca. They released an additional EP on Kill Rock Stars, Out West, in 2000.

The Corin Tucker Band[edit]

In April 2010 Tucker announced she was recording a solo album for Kill Rock Stars to be released in October 2010. Working along with Tucker on her solo album was Unwound's Sara Lund and Golden Bears'-Circus Lupus Seth Lorinczi. According to Tucker, the album would be a "middle-aged mom record".[9] The album, entitled 1,000 Years was released on October 5, 2010, to positive reception by music critics.[10] Tucker toured on both U.S. coasts to support the 1,000 Years album, in addition to dates in other parts of the country.

The band's second album, titled Kill My Blues, was released on September 18, 2012. This album was supported by a US tour.

Filthy Friends (2017–2019)[edit]

Filthy Friends has released two albums: Invitation (2017) and Emerald Valley (2019).[11]

Personal life[edit]

Tucker is bisexual.[12][13] She came out to her family at 19. She briefly dated bandmate Carrie Brownstein at the beginning of Sleater-Kinney, a fact that was revealed to the world in a now-infamous Spin article.[14] Tucker called the article a "pain in the ass", saying "We weren't asked about our personal lives in the interview. We talked about things we thought were really important, and what they printed was that we dated. It just came out as being gossip."[15] Tucker wrote the Sleater-Kinney song "One More Hour" about her breakup with Brownstein.[16][6]

Tucker married filmmaker Lance Bangs in June 2000 in Iceland. They have a son, Marshall Tucker Bangs (born March 8, 2001), and a daughter, Glory (born 2008).[17][18]

Gear list[edit]

During The Woods era, Tucker used the following gear:




  • DigiTech Whammy
  • DOD EQ
  • Electro-Harmonix Bass Synthesizer
  • Schumann Electronics Lion X
  • Vox Overdrive[citation needed]




The Corin Tucker Band

Filthy Friends


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  2. ^ Breihan, Tom (July 29, 2010). "5-10-15-20: Corin Tucker". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "5-10-15-20: Corin Tucker | News". Pitchfork. July 29, 2010. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  4. ^ "blah". Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  5. ^ "Guest Lists: Corin Tucker | Features". Pitchfork. September 27, 2009. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Record Bin: How Sleater-Kinney used punk rock to break social stereotypes on "Dig Me Out"". September 23, 2017. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  7. ^ Hopper, Jessica (June 13, 2011). "Riot Grrrl get noticed". The Guardian. Manchester, UK. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
  8. ^ Breihan, Tom (March 25, 2013). "Carrie Brownstein Talks Sleater-Kinney, Acting, Writing, and More | News". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  9. ^ Breihan, Tom (April 8, 2010). "Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker Plans Solo Album on Kill Rock Stars | News". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  10. ^ "Critic Reviews for 1,000 Years". Metacritic. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  11. ^ Singer, Matthew (August 15, 2017). "With Filthy Friends, Two of Portland's Most Celebrated Musicians Are Ready to Prove Themselves All Over Again". Willamette Week. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  12. ^ "1995 - Pullout - The Queer Issue - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper". Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  13. ^ "The Top 12 Hottest Female Guitarists Ever". outsideleft. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  14. ^ de Barros, Paul (March 3, 2012). "Carrie Brownstein: the Northwest's funny girl". Seattle Times. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  15. ^ "Curve: Vol. 7 #2". September 27, 2007. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  16. ^ Under the Radar - Sleater-Kinney Last Show Archived November 12, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Willamette Week | Tuesday, February 5th, 2008". Archived from the original on May 19, 2008. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  18. ^ "Post: Q&A: Janet Weiss of Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks | Indianapolis, Indiana". Retrieved September 28, 2011.

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