June 21, 2011

sound is the blood between me & you

Holy wow. The ladies of WILD FLAG have knocked it clean out of the park with their new single, “Romance.” Yep — a baseball metaphor for this summer song:

It’s unrelenting from the opening guitar chords and Janet Weiss’s tremendously fierce drums, but playfully engaging. WILD FLAG dropped my jaw at SXSW, the band of kickass women featuring Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss, Mary Timony, and Rebecca Cole. All told, they’ve been in bands like Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, Helium, The Minders, and Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks.

Longtime friends, these four are formidably awesome in their new concoction. They get everything right here – the catchy lilting feminine vocals press aggressively right up against the wall of drums and squalling guitar. There’s handclaps, and shake-shimmy-shake, and ROCK.

Their self-titled album is out September 13 on Merge Records, and you can pre-order it now. They’re also on tour – you need to go:

June 24 – Calgary, AL Sled Island
June 25 – Calgary, AL Sled Island
July 22 – Chicago, IL Subterranean
July 23 – Chicago, IL Wicker Park Festival
Aug 12 – Brooklyn, NY Wmsburg Waterfront w/ Sonic Youth
Oct 3 – Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
Oct 4 – Omaha, NE Waiting Room
Oct 5 – Kansas City, MO Record Bar
Oct 7 – Champaign, IL High Dive
Oct 9 – Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Oct 10 – Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
Oct 11 – Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
Oct 14 – Boston, MA Paradise
Oct 15 – Brooklyn, NY Bell House
Oct 16 – Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
Oct 18 – New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Oct 19 – Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
Oct 20 – Washington, DC Black Cat
Oct 21 – Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
Oct 22 – Athens, GA 40 Watt
Oct 24 – Birmingham, AL Bottletree
Oct 26 – New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
Oct 29 – Austin, TX Emo’s
Oct 31 – Tempe, AZ Rhythm Room
Nov 1 – San Diego, CA Casbah
Nov 2 – Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Nov 3 – Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Nov 4 – San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Nov 5 – San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Nov 7 – Arcata, CA Humboldt State
Nov 9 – Portland, OR Doug Fir
Nov 10 – Portland, OR Doug Fir
Nov 11 – Seattle, WA Neumo’s
Nov 12 – Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret

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  • Hey Fuel!
    What a great post! I just came across your music blog and I fell in love with it! It’s spectacular!! Check out my indie music blog and follow if you like it! http://kaylapitcher.blogspot.com … See you soon, kisses!

    Kayla Pitcher — June 21, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

  • Awesome! I was always a sucker for girlie punk-rockers in my youth… this takes that sentiment to its next great level!

    JL — June 22, 2011 @ 11:03 am

  • stephen malkmus is the pavement/silver jews guy, right? i heard janet weiss was leaving him to focus on her own project. this is it! so forceful in their declarations, i love the girl power and solidarity here. definitely taking this with me through a major transition to keep me stalwart and grounded. thanks, heather!

    heather b. — June 23, 2011 @ 8:40 am

  • Just got home from the DC gig. They were fantastic. Even better than I expected

    James! — October 20, 2011 @ 11:55 pm

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