Sleater-Kinney's new record The Center Won't Hold is out in just a couple of weeks on August 16th, and they're treating us to one final preview before we hear the whole thing in the form of scorching new track 'Can I Go On'.

Carrie Brownstein introduces the track by saying “In this song, a woman's desire is used against her, so she turns it into a sinister infectiousness. The narrator finds herself on the brink of self-annihilation, grappling with the paradox of an internal darkness at odds with the pressure to outwardly perform modes of joy, relatability, and likability.”

The torment and annoyance that our protagonist feels is felt in Brownstein's full-blooded drawl through the verses of 'Can I Go On', where she's backed up by Tucker's snarling guitar. However, rather than go down the rabbit hole of rage, 'Can I Go On' proves to be a slippery and completely unpredictable track, jamming in sugar-pop backing vocals, a sing-along chorus, and then a black and bubbling break down in the second half. It sounds like nothing Sleater-Kinney have done before - but at the same time it couldn't have been made by anyone else.

Sleater-Kinney's new record The Center Won't Hold is out August 16th on Mom + Pop. They'll be touring the UK and Europe early next year, full dates and details are here.