We sing to free ourselves from the room
We love the sound, the sound is what found us
Sound is the love between me and you.
–Wild Flag, “Romance”
My previous post celebrated the music of Wild Flag … their song “Glass Tambourine,” in particular … to show that music writing can be about actual music. I know, revolutionary concept. This time around I want to celebrate the band on a more basic level. Watching the videos below, you can hear the varying influences (the angularity of Television and Richard Hell & The Voidoids, for example), but they also look like they’re having a blast. Trust me, seeing a band having fun on stage is its own reward. I’ve seen enough bands who look like they’re fulfilling a contractual obligation and fuck that.
It’s also worth mentioning that these four women produce music with bigger balls than most men. Yeah, I said it. If you’re a dude and think you and your favorite band can outrock the Flag, you know the rules. Pony up and ride.
Wild Flag – Romance
Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop (SXSW)
March 16, 2011
Wild Flag – Future Crimes
IFC Crossroads Theater (SXSW)
March 19, 2011
Wild Flag – Glass Tambourine
March 6, 2011
FYI, “Glass Tambourine” is actually the last song in a 4-song video, but I cut straight to it because Mary Timony brings the full metal jacket. Why mess around?