Tuesday, May 17, 2011

First Impressions of Wild Flag

As you might or might know from reading my blog, I'm a Sleater-Kinney fanatic. I have all the albums, I have some on vinyl, I have a signed poster, I have some b-sides, I've seen hours of live footage; I know what I'm talking about.

Its hard for me to boil Wild Flag down to 5 points, but I had to put the limit someplace right?

1.Wild Flag is not Sleater-Kinney, so don't compare them.
This is going to be hard for me not to do. Simply put it is hard  to find the adjectives to describe Wild Flag! They have 2 of the 3 members from Sleater-Kinney, so the drumming style and guitar work sound "almost" the same. Every other element is diffrent. If you are a Sleater-Kinney fan, you will have a hard time transitioning into Wild Flag's musical style. Don't worry though, you will get used to it after 10 or so listens.

2.Wild Flag is not a studio band.

Alright, I admit it, I haven't seen Wild Flag live (But they are playing on my Birthday in New York with Sonic Youth), but I have seen the live bootleg videos (If you want to see some of them, look at past Friday Fives). Wild Flag is not one of those bands that just play studio based music. Wild Flag is all about the live performances. I've seen some pretty crazy live shows, but I haven't seen anything that is quite like Wild Flag. They are interesting, they are new, and I also think that they will get better with time (If they keep releasing albums).

3.Wild Flag is here to rock, and they will.
This is similar to the last point, but I truly believe that Wild Flag can keep pressing out the album releases if they want to. The good thing about Wild Flag is that all of their members have experience playing music, and playing in bands. Everyone knows what they are doing, and all of the members know how to keep a band going, (insert Sleater-Kinney rebuttals here if you want to.) But despite that, I'm willing to say that Wild Flag may be the main musical vehicle of all of the members in Wild Flag, and we could just drop all hopes of a *Reunion* tour (alright, I'm almost done with these inside jokes).

4.Wild Flag is a game changer.

Although I'm not that old, I can say that I haven't been this excited for any band to release an album in my life time. It is nice to see musicians that I've looked up to for a while finally getting into a project that can possibly change the history of music as we know it. Although they are not the first all female super group (Free Kitten was first in 1992), they are the first female super group that has gotten positive press in independent media. If that isn't a game changer, then I don't know what is.

5.Wild Flag is noting like you've ever experienced.
What else can I say? This is going to be hard for me not to do. Simply put it is hard to just describe Wild Flag! They describe themselves as a mixture between a "Hot dog and a Hamburger". Although that is a interesting metaphor, I would like to see what they describe themselves as musically.

Hopefully, you will check out, get into, or buy some of Wild Flags music. Trust me, this is a band that is "worth it" and you will be glad that you are listening to them.

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