Wild Flag: The concept of a "supergroup"-- wherein performers with cool and/or exciting pedigrees find themselves in something resembling a "band" -- dies hard. Imagine your favorite musicians playing together! Frequently, expectations exceed results -- a collection of individuals does not necessarily a band make, often because of diverging musical directions and egos (and drugs and alcohol, too). For example, Blind Faith (Clapton, Winwood, etc.): one album, one tour, implosion. Or Gang War, featuring Wayne Kramer (The MC5) and Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls, Heartbreakers): barely got off the ground. Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band: nostalgia. And so it goes.
Do not assign Wild Flag with that tag and the baggage that goes with it. Wild Flag consists of four simpatico individuals who have known each other for over a decade: Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, also known as two-thirds of Sleater-Kinney; Rebecca Cole, of the Portland-based Minders; and Mary Timony, leader of her own band, and member of Helium and Autoclave... [continue reading]
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