Wild Flag

Maybe you’ve been a Sleater-Kinney fan since Sleater-Kinney and Call the Doctor. Or maybe you discovered the band just in time for them to break your heart with The Woods – an amazing album that was both a beginning (their first album on Sub Pop) and an end (their last album before announcing “indefinite hiatus” in 2006). Either way, every day without Sleater-Kinney has been a day of mourning.

For any of us in this boat, Wild Flag has stepped in to help fill the void. They should not be considered a replacement for Sleater-Kinney just because the bands happen to share two of the same members (Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, along with Helium’s Mary Timony and the Minders’ Rebecca Cole), as Wild Flag is certainly a band worth considering on its own. Instead, knowing that the bands share certain sensibilities and raw talents provides comfort and appreciation for both the past and present.

Wild Flag – Romance by MergeRecords

Wild Flag’s debut self-titled album comes out on September 13th via Merge Records. An album trailer is available now, allowing fans to sample every crisp, punk-influenced, guitar-heavy song that will appear on the record. As a part of their fall tour (all dates after the jump), catch the band live when they play the Great American Music Hall on November 4th and 5th (tickets on sale now, $17/advance, $19/door).

Wild Flag – Album Trailer from Merge Records on Vimeo.

Wild Flag on tour:
# w/ Eleanor Friedberger
12 Aug Brooklyn, NY Williamsburg Waterfront w/ Sonic Youth
03 Oct Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
04 Oct Omaha, NE Waiting Room
05 Oct Kansas City, MO Record Bar
07 Oct Champaign, IL High Dive
08 Oct Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
09 Oct Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
10 Oct Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
11 Oct Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
14 Oct Boston, MA Paradise #
19 Oct Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer #
20 Oct Washington, DC Black Cat #
21 Oct Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle #
22 Oct Athens, GA 40 Watt #
24 Oct Birmingham, AL Bottletree #
26 Oct New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks #
28 Oct Dallas, TX The Loft
29 Oct Austin, TX Emo’s
31 Oct Tempe, AZ Rhythm Room
01 Nov San Diego, CA Casbah
02 Nov Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
03 Nov Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
04 Nov San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
05 Nov San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
07 Nov Arcata, CA Humboldt State
09 Nov Portland, OR Doug Fir
10 Nov Portland, OR Doug Fir
11 Nov Seattle, WA Neumo’s
12 Nov Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
09 Dec Minehead, UK ATP Nightmare Before Christmas