Wild Flag, Oran Mor, Mon 30 Jan
Indie-rock supergroup prove more than the sum of their parts
The word ‘supergroup’ often sets alarm bells ringing. What if the weight of previous successes is too much pressure? What if this new project isn’t as good? Hell, what if it’s downright rubbish (see exhibit A: Velvet Revolver)?
Wild Flag are of excellent pedigree, made up of Carrie Brownstein (co-vocalist of Sleater-Kinney and star of TV hipster send-up show Portlandia), Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks), Mary Timony (Helium) and Rebecca Cole (The Minders), and have pleased both fans and critics alike.
They fire through an almost flawless set of their self-titled 2011 release, with plenty of group harmonies and opportunities for awesome air guitar thanks to Timony and Brownstein. Fans are also treated to some new material and an unexpected cover of Television’s ‘Venus De Milo’.
The crucial part of Wild Flag’s live show is their chemistry, something which can’t be manufactured. It is difficult to take your eyes of Brownstein in particular, a natural and engaging performer who exudes confidence and energy. Wild Flag’s cup may runneth over with individual talent but their live show proves that they are more than the sum of their individual parts.