How do you even introduce Kathleen Hanna? She's best known as the front woman from Bikini Kill, who introduced riot grrl punk to mainstream America and the world in the 90s. She made a solo record under the name Julie Ruin, then started Le Tigre. After a serious illness, she's back. This time, as the singer in The Julie Ruin — a collaborative extension on her earlier EP project. This is the gal who has encouraged thousands of girls to pick up guitars, or a microphone or a pen and express some girl-rage. The Julie Ruin have just announced that they're touring Australia in early January, so we gave her a call.
How did Julie Ruin go from a solo project in 1998 to The Julie Ruin band that it is today?
In 1998 my band, Bikini Kill, was kind of disintegrating. It had really been my whole identity. You hear about people who get a divorce and they say "I don't know who I am anymore," well I really feel like I got divorced from three people at the same time. [Hears a child crying in the background] Is that your kid?