Wild Flag: Wild Flag

Remember I said I had a good band lined up for today after the way yesterday’s entry panned out? I read about this band in an issue of Rolling Stone and knew I had to check them out for myself. It’s not as likely to find a female-fronted rock band, but how about an all-female punk band? Wild Flag is just that, so today we’re listening to their self titled disc that came out in September of this year!

My extensive knowledge of punk music is incredibly limited – so maybe this will speak to more of you than it does me. Google tells me that the band is made up of women who have had careers in music with bands like Sleater-Kinney, Helium, and The Minders. Basically, these ladies have already spun around in the scene and know what they’re doing.

The experience comes through in every avenue of the music. The guitars are exactly what you would expect to hear in a punk band and the drumming is precise, on point, and reckless all at the same time. And the addition of keyboards? Always good if you have a talented musician.

Romance is a perfect start to the album, especially if the listener has never heard the band before. It’s a fairly up-tempo drill that introduces their style of music before leading into the nine other tracks. I’m glad it was released as a single – albeit their second.

Speaking of singles, their Wikipedia page tells me that Glass Tambourine was the first single from the band. This is probably the smartest choice from the entire album to be the very first single because the song isn’t quite as “punk rock” as the majority of the record, but it still keeps up and is enough to perk the interest of some ear drums. The tambourine in the background is a nice addition, both because of the mention in the title and for the song as a whole. The quality of the instrumentation is one of its own and could honestly stand by itself in this song. These ladies really know how to rock it out.

Short Version is one of my favorite tracks on the album. Janet Weiss does her thing on the drums and the backing vocals are so wonderfully placed throughout this song. Did I mention that all four ladies in the band are credited with vocals in some form or fashion? Get in there.

Though its the longest track on the album, Racehorse delivers what it should in six minutes and forty seconds. I wouldn’t swear on it, but at some parts it sounds like all four voices are thrown into the mix at one time. Rebecca Cole really outshines the rest of the instruments on the keyboards in the breakdown of this track. Every time I hear a band who successfully pulls off having keyboards around, I wonder why more bands don’t at least make an attempt at it.

These ladies really know what they’re doing with music. I can’t wait to see what else they do together. And maybe I’ll go back and check out the bands they came from before forming this super-group.
Key tracks:
Romance (track 1)
Short Version (track 6)
Black Tiles (track 10)

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