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Wild Flag

Wild Flag Audio CD
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Wild Flag is a Portland, Oregon and Washington, DC-based quartet consisting of Carrie Brownstein (guitar/vocals), Mary Timony (guitar/vocals), Rebecca Cole (keys/vocals) and Janet Weiss (drums/vocals). The members of Wild Flag have played in numerous and notable bands including Sleater-Kinney, Helium, Quasi, The Minders, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wichita Recordings
  • ASIN: B005J59LH4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Romance
2. Something Came Over Me
3. Boom
4. Glass Tambourine
5. Endless Talk
6. Short Version
7. Electric Band
8. Future Crimes
9. Racehorse
10. Black Tiles

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here comes the electric band! 11 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
Since the news first appeared that this indie "supergroup" had formed, this record has been very eagerly awaited. When Sleater-Kinney went into their indefinite hiatus in 2006 they were (arguably) at their creative peak, their final record `The Woods' was wild, explosive, visceral and dark, and a landmark record of this century. If you love `The Woods' as I do, you may have been hoping that the return of two thirds of Sleater-Kinney, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, would bring us `The Woods 2', but Wild Flag is a different beast altogether. Mary Timony has added a second lead guitar, an alternative voice, and a quirky, almost psychedelic, song writing style. Rebecca Cole's keyboards wonderfully colour that occasional late 60s-early 70s Nuggets/garage feel, and, in particular, provide a foil for Carrie's combustible guitar, and then, underpinning everything in solid solid rock is Janet's powerdrive drumming. Wild Flag are a certainly a band rather than a collection of individuals.

Having said this is a new band, there are still some references to past lives, "Future Crimes" for example, has a distant relative in "Entertain" from `The Woods', the stunning "Racehorse" has an extended jam (particularly in live shows) that brings `The Woods' showpiece "Let's Call It Love" to mind, and "Short Version" possibly wouldn't have sounded too out of place on `One Beat'. Mary's more raucous solo work, such as on `Ex Hex', is also a precursor. There are some unexpectedly poppy moments on `Wild Flag', some sweet harmonies and choruses, such as those on the opener "Romance", and "Endless Talk", surprisingly, sounds like The Cars, but then to counter that there are wailing guitars, screaming feedback solos and thumping driving riffs, Wild Flag is made to be played live and loud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock and Drive Just The Way It Should Be 25 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD
The members of Wild Flag have their roots in the 1990s era of the US Pacific North-West scene and have strong musical pedigrees and checking back on the bands they were associated with are something of a relevant super-group.
I have this memory of at least one of my daughters' being told to turn down the volume of who I think might have been Sleater-Kinney; funny how your past catches up with you...
This unit have lost none of the drive and enthusiasm of their first forays in those earlier days. `Romance''s fast pace and formidable rhythm is the first track and gives you a very good idea what you are in for. The guitars are wonderfully wild but at the same time melodic, the beat is driving but can move seamlessly into harmonies and a slower pace before picking up again `Glass Tambourine' is a fine example of this. The lyrics are swung out with vigour and much enthusiasm and just when you think these might be delivered in the high and often cheerfully discordant manner of the Riot Grrrl style, there are harmonies and that slower pace. The keyboard adds a texture which can catch you out and the drumming in superb.
The previous reviews have said all that there is to be said, this is just someone who has been taking in music for 50 years just adding their `Five Pennies Worth'.
My only regret is that it took me this long to getting around to buying the album when I've known it's been about for two years...ahh wasted opportunities.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Let's hear it for the girls 5 Dec 2011
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Made by, I'm led to believe, the female members of various American indie slash leftfield bands. But don't let that put you off. Opener 'Romance' brought back sweet memories of 'Plastic Letters' era Blondie and Elastica's eponymous debut LP, and the rest of the record didn't disappoint. We're talking guitars, harmonies, and melody, with the occasional curve ball that someone like Radiohead would throw you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wild Flag 27 Oct 2011
By Mike hb
Format:Audio CD
I was a Sleater-Kinney fan and wondered if this would be as good, I'm pleased to report it's a great solid debut, great guitars, great melodies, liking it a lot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great album 23 Jan 2012
By chard
Format:Audio CD
Great indie girl band who make a refreshing change from the bland girl pop/rock that seems to be so popular at the moment.Well worth a try.
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