Mary Timony (photo by Catherine Maldonado)
Janet Weiss, Carrie Brownstein, Mary Timony, and Rebecca Cole, collectively called Wild Flag, returned to Boston after their summer show at The Brighton Music Hall, for a concert at The Paradise.My favorite line from their self-titled, debut album as a group is in the song “Something Came Over Me.” The phrase “let the good times toll” which, despite the double meaning, connotes “ring out.” Mary Timony couldn’t help letting a “let the good times roll” squeak out at least once. The lyrics, many of which are directly related to sound and listening to music, truly come alive in concert. The joy and enthusiasm of the performance demonstrates just how much desire all the members of Wild Flag have to continue making music. Having spent time in well respected bands like Sleater Kinney, Helium and The Minders, they’re proving that their time’s not up yet.
Carrie Brownstein (photo by Catherine Maldonado)
It’s a struggle to find adjectives that describe their live performance without accidentally characterizing this awesome group of women as little girls. They’re notably bouncy and happy to be on stage, smiling at the audience between songs and chirping their thanks. It cant be helped. Compared to the growling timbre of her singing, that’s what Brownstein’s speaking voice sounds like; chirping. The distinct timbre seems contagious on the recorded album, adopted so much by Mary Timony it’s difficult to distinguish who takes lead from song to song. The two vocalists are decidedly more defined in the live show; Timony sticking with an almost schoolyard, singsong vocal while Brownstein unhinges her jaw to howl into the microphone.
Eleanor Friedberger (photo by Catherine Maldonado)
Eleanor Friedberger opened the show as her first night on tour with Wild Flag as well as first night performing solo from the Fiery Furnaces with a new backing band. Her set was much more laid back but still captivating.