Recording engineer: Steven Kray, with technical assistance from Bill Ward and Jonathan Newsome
Video production: Jarratt Taylor
Video shooters: Jarratt Taylor / Anthony Del Calzo / Nate Sjol
Photos: Inger Klekacz— see the full photo set
Interview: Jeremy Petersen
Wild Flag‘s self-titled debut is no ordinary kind of first release. From the moment they announced their formation, there were expectations of the kind few new bands experience—when your band is made up of Carrie Brownstein, Rebecca Cole, Mary Timony and Janet Weiss, that tends to happen. The quartet boasts a musical pedigree that, together and apart, includes names like Sleater-Kinney, Helium, The Minders, Quasi, The Jicks, The Spells and The Shadow Mortons, among others, but it wasn’t about cashing in on an established past. From Wild Flag’s beginnings creating a documentary film score to the vibrant and exuberant songs found on their debut, the mission has been to craft something both entirely new and that the members themselves would like, outside of expectations. As Brownstein told us, “We just wanted to like it and have faith in it… the chatter about any piece of art or…public exercise is so loud, you just have to tune it out.”
Wild Flag plays six new songs for us in front of an in-studio audience, in the process showing off a live persona that manages to be both polished and rambunctious—the same qualities that have already made their performances much talked about events. They remain on tour through mid-November, including Portland dates at the Doug Fir November 9th and 10th.
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