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Wild Flag builds on its high early expectations

Indie-rock band Wild Flag

Indie-rock band Wild Flag Credit: Indie-rock band Wild Flag

Few bands in recent memory have started out with higher expectations than Wild Flag.

Because its members previously played in beloved groups like Sleater-Kinney and Helium, Wild Flag was able to sell out shows before anyone heard a note of its music.

What fans found was the same mix of punk, indie rock and 1960s pop and garage rock that informed the members' previous bands, but with a spirit all its own. 

amNewYork spoke with Mary Timony, who, along with Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and "Portlandia," is one of Wild Flag's two singer-guitarists.

Were you surprised at the excitement for this band? Yeah. I wasn't prepared for the amount of buzz we had. It was out of my experience as a musician, but it made it really fun.

Did you feel any pressure? I don't think any of us focused on it too much. We focused on making a record we liked and writing songs we felt good about.

A lot of the album is about your love of music, but when you recorded it, most of you were taking a break from music. What rekindled your love of playing? Of the lyrics I wrote, a few are about not having made music and feeling like I lost that part of my life. Returning to playing in a band made me excited.

What's different about this band than others you've been in? I hadn't been in a band that was a good live band before. With this band, it's really fun to play live because everyone is such a great performer and we try to make sure there's something a little different going on each night.

Is it hard to go from being a bandleader to being in a band that's more of a democracy? It's been great. It was exactly what I wanted to happen. I was burnt out on doing solo records. All I wanted to do was collaborate. I was thinking about something like this, then it happened.  


If you go: Wild Flag is at Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell on Friday at 7 p.m., Prospect Park West, at 9th St., 718-855-7882, FREE.