Pop & Rock 2011: 30 Best Albums
The statement Wild Flag wanted to make with their self-titled debut is laid out straight in opening song "Romance": "We love the sound/the sound is what found us/sound is the blood... between me and you." It's somewhat of a rally cry; a plea to ditch easy nostalgia and instead find the meaning of the music and its power to be a sustained part of personal culture first, pop second. To remember why they, or we, or anyone, ever cared so much in the first place. United under this mission, and as four fantastic musicians and personalities, Wild Flag musically sounds a lot like what the four of them ― vocalist/guitarist Carrie Brownstein, drummer/vocalist Janet Weiss, vocalist/guitarist Mary Timony, and keyboardist/vocalist Rebecca Cole ― were not only influenced by (garage rock, proto- and post-punk, college indie), but spent their young adult lives making in respective bands Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, Helium and the Minders. Their collective resume alone gives Wild Flag instant clout, though it's not like they rely on that. And they don't need to, not when the chemistry is this loud and palpable ― "Short Version" is a good example of the album's noodly, dominant guitars and its unrelenting drums, while "Boom" and "Future Crimes" are hellbent on making you feel their simple, fun, and visceral intent. The sound is the love, indeed.
FeaturesJul 29, 2015
Titus AndronicusAmbition In Five Acts
Since Patrick Stickles rose up with fists held high in July 2005 as frontman for Titus Andronicus, he and the band have done nothing half-as...
StreamsJul 22, 2015
The Lonely Parade"Girl" on Exclaim! TV
Augusta Veno, Charlotte Dempsey and Anwyn Climenhage are the Lonely Parade, a punk-y indie rock trio from Peterborough, ON. Their debut albu...
StreamsJul 21, 2015
Elliot Maginot"Monsters at War" on Exclaim! TV
After spending his teen years playing in skate-punk garage bands, Montreal musician Elliot Maginot's debut LP might come as a surprise. Insp...
FeaturesJul 21, 2015
Conor OberstFolk In Many Guises
Conor Oberst is many things to many people. Emo wunderkind, folk troubadour, rock'n'roll saviour — he's been called it all. Yet for so...
NewsJul 21, 2015
Titus Andronicus Dissect the Epic, Emotional 'Most Lamentable Tragedy'
"By the way, all my tears are on the record," Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles tells Exclaim! over the phone from his NYC home. "T...
ReviewsJul 20, 2015
Hundred WatersBass Camp Stage, Pemberton BC, July 19
Falling right into the beautifully crafted "Out Alee," Hundred Waters graced the Bass Camp Stage on the last day of Pemberton (July 19). Cup...
StreamsJul 17, 2015
The Muscadettes"Growing Pains" on Exclaim! TV
Twin sisters Chantal and Kathleen Ambridge are the Muscadettes, a band whose sun-drenched, reverb-laden sound reflects an upbringing on '60s...
NewsJul 17, 2015
Left and Leaving: An Essential Weakerthans Playlist
Earlier this week, beloved Winnipeg indie rockers the Weakerthans broke the hearts of Canadian music fans everywhere when drummer Jason Tait...