Carrie Brownstein Launches Wild Flag

 

 

Yes, you could call it
a “supergroup” – members drawn from Sleater-Kinney, Helium and the Minders.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Yesterday afternoon NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered” blog
announced
that erstwhile Sleater-Kinney member and NPR commentator Carrie
Brownstein has formed a new group with her old drummer Janet Weiss plus Helium’s
Mary Timony and Rebecca Cole from the Minders. (Recall that Brownstein and
Timony also worked together as The Spells about a decade ago.) They’re calling
it Wild Flag.

 

This in addition to Brownstein’s recent work scoring the !Women Art Revolution documentary and
working with Fred Armisen on the new IFC comedy series Portlandia – that’s one busy Renaissance gal.

 

At any rate, Brownstein, at the NPR blog, writes a bit about
what she’s done and what she’s been feeling since Sleater-Kinney broke up in
2006, and how Wild Flag came about. “About a year ago I started to need music
again, and so I called on my friends and we joined as a band,” she explains. “Chemistry
cannot be manufactured or forced, so WILD FLAG was not a sure thing, it was a
“maybe,” a “possibility.” But after a handful of practice
sessions, spread out over a period of months, I think we all realized that we
could be greater than the sum of our parts, not four disparate puzzle pieces
trying to make sense of the other, but a cohesive and dynamic whole.”

 

To that end, the band has signed with Merge, is prepping an album for a 2011
release, and has established a Facebook page. A handful of west coast gigs have
also been announced:

 

11-10 Olympia, WA – The Northern
11-12 Seattle, WA – High Dive
11-13 Portland, OR – Doug Fir
11-17 Sacramento, CA – The Hub
11-18 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
11-19 Los Angeles, CA – Spaceland
11-20 San Diego, CA – Casbah
11-21 Pomona, CA – Alladin’s

 

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