During their twelve year run, Sleater-Kinney ('94-'06) was one of the most acclaimed bands from the northwest. In the late '90's Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein and Helium's Mary Timony formed The Spells as a side project and released the "The Age Of Backwards" EP. Work on a follow-up to the '99 effort produced four songs before coming to a halt. Those songs were eventually made available online in '08 through National Public Radio's Monitor Mix blog.
Brownstein and Timony teamed up again, adding keyboardist Rebecca Coles from The Minders and ex-Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss, to create Wild Flag. Brownstein announced the band's formation via a post on National Public Radio's All Songs Considered blog - Brownstein was a contributor - in September '10.
"Chemistry cannot be manufactured or forced, so Wild Flag was not a sure thing, it was a 'maybe', a 'possibility'," she wrote. "But after a handful of practice sessions, spread out over a period of months, I think we all realized that we could be greater than the sum of our parts."
The group's self titled '11 debut was preceded by a pair of singles; "Future Crimes" b/w "Glass Tambourine," which was issued on Record Store Day 2011 (4/16) and "Romance," which dropped the following June.
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