Wild Flag is a new band, and most of their gigs at and leading up to SXSW were typical new band fodder: a tiny club in Brooklyn, a bike shop in Austin. Oh, yeah. And Radio City Music Hall, for two nights supporting Bright Eyes. Comprised of members of Sleater-Kinney, Helium, and the Minders, the ladies of Wild Flag are certainly seasoned — but also embracing the role of scrappy up-and-comers.
“I think it’s always a good place to be as an artist, to have to earn something,” singer-guitarist Carrie Brownstein said during an interview at the SPIN Shed. “There’s that sort of teenage feeling that South by Southwest brings, playing eight shows in four days — it’s probably something we’ll never do again.”
Brownstein and keyboardist Rebecca Cole also shared their seminal music discovery moments, with Brownstein talking about the day a Seattle radio station played Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” over and over again, when she was a high school senior. Cole talked about seeing Neutral Milk Hotel and Apples in Stereo in Denver and being wowed by their songcraft.
Check out more of the interview, plus clips from one of Wild Flag’s SXSW shows.
Watch: Wild Flag from the SPIN Shed