Wild Flag

"Evolution": Wild Flag @ The Black Cat 10/20/11

Words: Paul    Photos: Kevin
I know it seems odd to use the term “evolution” in reference to a band that only came into existence at the end of last year but I could think of no better term what I saw from Wild Flag this year.  Within eight short months, Wild Flag gave an inspired (if raw) debut performance at the Black Cat, released a fantastic album, and finally returned this past Thursday as fully formed rock stars flexing their muscles at the same venue.  It is a rare thing indeed to be able to witness this type of change from a national act in such a tight window of time.

When Wild Flag first played the Black Cat in February, I had no idea what to expect.  All I knew was that two members of Sleater Kinney, the lead singer of Helium, and the drummer from the Minders had formed a band that had been getting rave reviews on its first tour.  There was no album, no video, nothing to indicate what their live show would be like.  But reputation and curiosity were enough to get me, the rest of the CG staff, and a sold out crowd through the door – a door which they proceeded to blow off its hinges.

Photos: Wild Flag @ The Black Cat - 10/20/11

This week has been a mini marathon of shows, beginning with Deer Tick on Sunday night and carrying all the way to Wild Flag w/Eleanor Friedberger last night at The Black Cat. Paul's got all your hot review action later on this weekend, but if you were there you already know: Wild Flag BLEW UP the Black Cat...AGAIN. 

It was an absolutely stellar week for rock here in DC. We hope you at least got a little of piece of all the action. 

I'm going to go pass out on my face now.

Check out the rest of our shots from the show right here!


Watch the trailer for the new Wild Flag album!!! Tour Dates!!!

It's inevitable now. Wild Flag is coming for us all, and they're sure to leave a mess of sweaty, rocked out fans in their wake...but not quite yet. We all are going to have to wait a little bit longer till this fearsome foursome of awesomeness unleashes themselves upon the world.

Thankfully, they have been gracious enough to put together a little preview trailer (directed by Andrew Ellmaker & Lara Gallagher) of the new album for us to enjoy in the meantime.

Wild Flag - Album Trailer from Merge Records on Vimeo.

Daily Listen: Wild Flag - Romance

They're baaaack. And this time for real! If you haven't heard of this supergroup then shame on you. Where the hell have you been for the past few months? Alright, fine I'll forgive you this once, but only because just like you, I've never heard this song. Not once! I was waiting for the right time so we could all hear it together. And now you're all here! To say that Wild Flag members Carrie Brownstein, Rebecca Cole, Mary Timony, and Janet Weiss are going to rock this year would be false.

They're gonna completely f@#@ing own 2011!

So press play and bow down. Wild Flag are here at last!


Wild Flag - Romance

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Daily Listen: Wild Flag - Future Crimes

You know what's awesome?

Wild Flag.

Just because their first album isn't finished yet isn't keeping the "supergroup" from getting new material into the hands of their fans, and on Record Store Day the band released 7" with this song as one side and the previously released (or at least streamed) Glass Tambourine on the other.

What's that you say? Slept in and didn't get your copy? Well lucky you, you can now buy a digital version from here, here or even here.

If you're not getting the hint, I'm saying BUY THIS S@#T! Don't wait for the full album (get that too though)! IT'S WHAT YOU WANT IN YOUR EARHOLES RIGHT NOW!

Need proof? FINE. Here you go.


Live Music: Wild Flag @ The Black Cat - 2.10.11

Wild Flag rocks The Black Cat this past ThursdayWhen talking about Wild Flag, it’s hard to ignore the ghost of Sleater Kinney. Disregarding the fact that half of Wild Flag is comprised of two-thirds of Sleater Kinney, both bands are made up of all female members who play a unique brand of sludgy, aggressive, almost stoner punk, rock. Add to that the fact that  both bands have it in them to blow just about anyone off the stage they care to, and it’s completely understandable, if not valid, that many could walk away from this show feeling a longing for the return of Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss’s previous group. But Sleater Kinney is dead, so long live Wild Flag.