Day 319: Wild Flag – Wild Flag

13 Jan


The indie community has showered this record with praise, so I decided to check it out.  That’s how things go around here.  Please excuse me if I seem a little out of it today, it has been a long night of applying to college and whatnot.

Usually, a zoned out state of mind does not receive indie rock albums particularly well.  Admittedly, while I would have been more in the mood for something along the lines of The Glitch Mob or Gold Panda tonight, I can’t deny that this record does rock pretty hard.

I could be like all of the other critics, and write a whole post about this being an all-woman band, but frankly, I find that nonsense pretty annoying.  Who cares? As long as they can play their instruments, their gender doesn’t matter.  However, it should be noted that Wild Flag is indeed a super group of sorts.  Members of Sleater-Kinney, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks occupy this mishmash of indie all-stars, and their wealth of prior experience shines through in their music.  It’s clear that these ladies definitely know what they’re doing, and know how to put together some solid rock songs.

There are some really cool and strong ’50s vibes coming from this album.  Harmonic group sing-alongs happen pretty much on every track, and the organ gives the tunes an extra-innocent kind of sound.  Super groups often disappoint, but not this one.  It sounds like egos remained in check with Wild Flag, and making good rock music remained the priority.


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