October 17, 2011
by Fiorella Valdesolo (NYC)
The ladies of hard-rocking indie supergroup Wild Flag.
It’s safe to say that every era has its amazing all-girl bands. The ’60s brought The Ronettes with their matching hairdos and harmonies; rebellious rock bands like The Runaways and Siouxsie and the Banshees ran rampant in the ’70s; the ’80s gave us upbeat pop ensembles like The Bangles and The Go-Gos and the rabble-rousers of the ’90s—think Bikini Kill and L7—provided the universal soundtrack to teendom. So when I heard about Wild Flag, an all-girl rock band founded by former members of Sleater Kinney, The Minders and Helium, I went crazy (in a good way).
For those who, like me, have grown a bit weary of the mellow, shoegazey melodies dominating the airwaves nowadays, Wild Flag signals a return to good old-fashioned rock—the kind that makes you want to jubilantly thrash about on the dance floor. Evidence? Check out the video for “Romance” below (it’s hilarious too).
Before they hit the road, three of the Wild Flaggers shared some of their own personal and hometown favorites.
Hometown: Washington, DC
Best vintage in DC: Meeps
Favorite bookstore: Second Story Books
Great place to see live music: Black Cat
Best place for a picnic: Rock Creek Park
Top coffee shop: Big Bear Café
Record store: Crooked Beat
Favorite bike ride: Bike path along the Potomac
Favorite restaurant: Joe’s Noodle House in Rockville
Lesser-known tourist attraction: The world’s largest chair in Anacostia
Five current inspirations: My bandmates, Jimi Hendrix, Electroharmonix micro-synth guitar pedal, Sitori sonics delay pedal and kiwi berries
How many records do you own? 367?
Biggest misconception people have about DC: We all work for the government.
Hometown: Portland, OR
Best vintage in Portland: House of Vintage on Hawthorne
Great place to see live music: The Doug Fir
Best place for a picnic: The International Rose Test Garden
Record store: Exiled Records rules!
Favorite bike ride: Springwater Corridor
Favorite restaurant: Dim sum at Wong’s King on Division Street
Five current inspirations: Poetry of Matthew Dickman, Crystal River in Colombia, Thee Oh Sees, the virtuosity of pianist Alicia de Larrocha and the possibility that neutrinos in the Large Hadron Collider have traveled faster than the speed of light.
What you miss most when you’re on tour: The food. You have to work hard to get a bad meal in this town.
Hometown: Portland, OR
Great place to see live music: The Woods
Gallery of choice: Together
Best place for a picnic: The bluffs
Top coffee shop: Barista on Alberta Street
Record store: Jackpot!
Favorite bike ride: Alameda Ridge
Favorite restaurant: Toro Bravo
Favorite dog run: Sandy River Delta
Five current inspirations: Kate Bush, high heels, nature walks, Vera Pavlova poems, Bill Cunningham New York
Biggest misconception people have about Portland: That it doesn’t have a sense of humor.