Music review – Wild Flag: S/T
The first thing most people likely notice about Wild Flag is their pedigree, which is incidentally the last thing the band wants people to think about. Though a lineup boasting former members of Helium, the Minders, and two-thirds of Sleater-Kinney is bound to turn heads, the band has made it clear through interviews that Wild Flag isn’t a continuation of any of those bands. They’ve also made it clear through this record. Wild Flag has its roots in ‘80s post-punk and raw Stooges rock, but exists as its own living, breathing entity, its transparent, mostly-live recording terrifically showcasing the group’s interplay. Through the Go-Go’s-like “Romance”, the angelic harmonies of “Glass Tambourine”, and the strutting finale “Black Tiles”, Wild Flag is a constant thrill. Though Carrie Brownstein’s voice is still as bitter a pill as ever, it’s not hard to imagine this record inspiring more than a few living-room shout alongs, and maybe even a few bands.