September

Merge Records & Hopscotch present: A Wild Flag listening party

Submitted on Aug 31, 2011

Merge Records, Hopscotch Music Festival and Foundation invite you to sit down, sip a specialty cocktail and enjoy the self-titled debut album from the world's newest supergroup, Wild Flag, before it's available in stores. Stop by Foundation at 213 Fayetteville St. from 2–4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, to hear the record in full. There will be Wild Flag and Merge Records giveaways, drink specials and a really great album on the stereo. No RSVP required.

About Wild Flag...
Wild Flag is a Portland, Ore.- and Washington, D.C.-based quartet consisting of Carrie Brownstein, Rebecca Cole, Mary Timony and Janet Weiss. The members of Wild Flag have played in numerous and notable bands including Sleater-Kinney, Helium, Quasi, The Minders, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, and others.

The four musicians who make up Wild Flag have known one another for well over a decade. Brownstein and Weiss were in Sleater-Kinney and toured with Timony’s band Helium on numerous occasions. Brownstein and Timony played in a side project called The Spells. Rebecca Cole’s Portland-based band The Minders was a frequent opener for Sleater-Kinney. Weiss and Cole play together in the 1960’s garage-rock cover band The Shadow Mortons. If someone drew a visual representation illustrating the ways in which all indie bands are interconnected, Brownstein, Cole, Timony, and Weiss would be in the same tiny sphere, so playing together felt almost inevitable. After collaborating on a score for a documentary, the ease with which they worked together proved infectious and promising. Future practices were scheduled, songs were written, Wild Flag was formed.

In April of 2011, they went to Sacramento, California, where they recorded their self-titled album with engineer Chris Woodhouse at the Hangar. All tracks were recorded live except for the vocals.

Merge Records is a sponsor of Hopscotch Music Festival. This year, Merge bands Superchunk, The Rosebuds, The Love Language and Times New Viking will play the festival.

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