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Alt/Punk | Rhapsody TV
November 23, 2011
If anyone ever questions a female's ability to rock, crank Wild Flag and watch them weep. The quartet comprises vets of the grrrl-power '90s: Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney), Mary Timony (Helium), Janet Weiss (Quasi) and Rebecca Cole (The Minders). Opening with "Romance," a flirty pop-punk hand-clapper, their debut quickly shifts into proggy acid-punk (see "Glass Tambourine"). Brownstein's and Timony's vocals and guitars slither around one another with self-assured defiance, as Weiss pounds and Cole's keyboards hypnotize. And they do it all with just the right touch of Go-Gos girliness.
"Our band is scientist rock," the late, great lead singer d. boon says in "History Lesson Part 2" -- and this revolutionary 1984 album is just that, a sort of working-man's jazz-punk-rock that sprawls across 43 angry, literate, incredibly short tracks. Underscored by George Hurley's crisp, off-kilter drumming, the tight clarity of these compositions is still stunning.