Tucker performing live with Sleater-Kinney in London, 2015
|Birth name||Corin Lisa Tucker|
November 9, 1972 |
Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
Corin Lisa Tucker (born November 9, 1972 in Eugene, Oregon) 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.
Tucker was born in Eugene, Oregon, and spent her childhood in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Her father was a folk singer. In the early 1990s, Tucker attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where she studied film, political economy, and social change. Although Sleater-Kinney was formed in Olympia, and later relocated to Portland, Oregon, Tucker still describes herself as "a small-town girl" from Eugene.
Heavens to Betsy
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. 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 1993.
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. 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
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". The album, entitled 1,000 Years was released on October 5, 2010, to positive reception by music critics. 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.
Tucker is bisexual. 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. 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." Tucker wrote the Sleater-Kinney song "One More Hour" about her breakup with Brownstein.
During The Woods era, Tucker used the following gear:
- '65 blackface Fender Showman
- DigiTech Whammy
- DOD EQ
- Electro-Harmonix Bass Synthesizer
- Schumann Electronics Lion X
- Vox Overdrive
- Sleater-Kinney (1995)
- Call the Doctor (1996)
- Dig Me Out (1997)
- The Hot Rock (1999)
- All Hands on the Bad One (2000)
- One Beat (2002)
- The Woods (2005)
- No Cities to Love (2015)
- Introducing Cadallaca (1998)
- Out West (1999)
The Corin Tucker Band
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