What is the sound of an avalanche taking out a dolphin? What do you get when you cross a hamburger with a hot dog? The answer is: WILD FLAG.
WILD FLAG is a Portland, OR and Washington, DC based quartet consisting of Carrie Brownstein, Mary Timony, Rebecca Cole, and Janet Weiss. The members of WILD FLAG have played in numerous and notable bands, including but not limited to: Helium, The Minders, Croissant Cocktail, Feeble Knees, Quasi, Dogz, Sleater-Kinney, @@@, Asia, The Consortium, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.
Brownstein and Weiss were in Sleater-Kinney, and toured with Timony's band Helium on numerous occasions. Brownstein and Timony played in a side project called The Spells. Rebecca Cole's Portland-based band The Minders was a frequent opener for Sleater-Kinney. Weiss and Cole play together in The Shadow Mortons.
If someone drew a visual representation illustrating the ways in which all indie bands are interconnected, the four musicians who make up WILD FLAG would be in the same, tiny sphere. Eventually, they figured it out; it's more exciting to simply join musical forces than it is to make sense of this paragraph. Apt adjectives for describing the band's music: wild. Also: flaggy. WILD FLAG is planning on recording their first album in early 2011 for Merge Records.
Carrie Brownstein talked about Wild Flag on the All Songs Considered blog, and you can find Wild Flag on Twitter, Facebook & MySpace!
Wild Flag on tour:
Nov 10 Olympia, WA The Northern
Nov 12 Seattle, WA High Dive
Nov 13 Portland, OR Doug Fir
Nov 17 Sacaramento, CA The Hub
Nov 18 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Nov 19 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland
Nov 20 San Diego, CA Casbah
Nov 21 Pomona, CA Aladdins