The crowd went wild on Tuesday night as Wild Flag played the Casbah. The supergroup tore through tracks from their fantastic debut album, as well as covers of The Ramones’ “Do You Wanna Dance?” and Television’s “See No Evil.”
Unlike their Casbah show last year, Carrie Brownstein played a more subdued role this time around, frequently letting Mary Timony handle frontwoman duties. Timony for her part was happy to oblige, swinging her guitar around and writhing on the floor during the band’s set-capping jam session. But no matter who occupied the spotlight, Wild Flag delivered the kind of fierce, unadulterated rock and roll you just don’t see from indie bands very often. It was thrilling, it was dangerous, it was elating, and yes, it was wild. Check out the photos…
So, listen. This is normally where we’d tell you that Wild Flag just put out the video for “Romance,” the first single off their self-titled debut. We’d also let you know that the band is comprised of Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss of the legendary Sleater-Kinney, Mary Timony of Helium, and Rebecca Cole of The Minders. We might even tell you that the video was directed by Tom Scharpling, host of The Best Show.
But none of that matters. Well, it does matter, but it’s not as important as this: Wild Flag’s new album is incredible. Not only does it capture everything that fans of Sleater-Kinney have sorely missed since that band’s 2006 breakup, it takes that formula and tweaks it with just enough surprises — courtesy of Timony and Cole, we presume — that the end result is one of the freshest, most accomplished, and goddmamn rocking-est albums of the last decade. That the supergroup pulled off such a feat is no surprise, but it doesn’t lessen the impact of Wild Flag’s pitch-perfect rock knocking you in the ass like one of Brownstein’s patented high kicks.
The debut album from Wild Flag, the new project of former Sleater-Kinney guitarist and vocalist/NPR contributor/sketch-comedy developer Carrie Brownstein, will hit stores on September 13. You can now sample all the tracks in the official album trailer (above), directed by Andrew Ellmaker and Lara Gallagher.
The band — which also features S-K drummer Janet Weiss, Helium and Autoclave’s Mary Timony, and Rebecca Cole of The Minders — will hit the road this fall, with a November 1 Casbah date already lined up. Full list of tour dates is below.
In the all-too-fleeting world of indie rock acclaim, Quasi are as close to an institution as it gets. The Portland-based trio have been around since 1993, and their music has remained refreshingly wrinkle-free. Led by Sam Coomes on vocals, keys, and guitar, and ex-wife Janet Weiss—of defunct rock goddesses Sleater-Kinney—on backup vocals and drums, Quasi have been quietly releasing loud music for almost two decades. Continue reading →