Kathleen Hanna formed the Julie Ruin three years ago in New York with Kathi Wilcox, Kenny Mellman, Sara Landeau, and Carmine Covelli. The band’s first album, Run Fast, came out this month. If you’ve streamed some of the songs already, or if you saw the awesome surprise set last month at Rookiefest in L.A., you know that the album is full of joyful, rambunctious music. There are moments—like during “Lookout” and “Kids in NY”—when it’s reminiscent of Le Tigre or Bikini Kill, Kathleen’s previous bands, both outspokenly feminist projects, but Run Fast is not a nostalgic or overtly political record. Among other things, Kathleen sings about love, hanging out, and letting your adult self say goodbye to your younger self.
It’s the first music Kathleen has released since 2004—around the time she started feeling the horrible effects of Lyme disease. She was strictly private about her illness until Sini Anderson’s documentary about her, The Punk Singer, premiered earlier this year.