The Walkmen And Wild Flag Are No More
Nobody wants to be the bearer of bad news, around the holidays no less, but alas… I am. As 2013 ends, so do two extraordinary indie rock bands. One started at the dawn of the millennium in New York City and made modern anthems for indie kids across the country. The other’s existence, though brief, formed from the ashes of legendary chick rock outfits and brought the Riot grrrl movement of the early ‘90s to the present. I’m talking about The Walkmen and Wild Flag.
The Walkmen news broke first. Bassist/organist Peter Bauer told The Washington Post in an interview that it wasn’t the end of the band, but “an extreme hiatus.” This came as a shock, especially after an incredible and critically-acclaimed 7th studio album was released last year. His words: “I don’t think any of us wanted to write another Walkmen record. Maybe that will change down the line, maybe it won’t, maybe we’ll play shows. … I don’t think we’ve been a gang properly for a long time, so there’s not much to break up, I guess.”
Wild Flag’s demise is a similar tale of disconnection. We were all desperately waiting for the follow-up to their incredible 2011 self-titled debut, but now that hope is gone. Co-founder Janet Weiss told Stereogum that the band had simply run its course. Her words: “It’s hard to have a band when you live five hours apart by plane.”
So, where do we go from here? What do we do without two of our favorite bands? In this giving season, maybe we should all just remember that even though bands like these can give us so much joy for so much time, happiness can be taken away instantly and without warning. Thus, we should not forget the memories and all the great music. Reunions are never out of the question, particularly in this day and age, but until then, we mourn…
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They’ve Gone There
The past couple of years have been great for reunited late 80’s/early 90’s alternative rock bands. Legendary groups like Dinosaur Jr., The Replacements, and Sebadoh caught immediate buzz after reforming, and sales of new material and tour dates are proof that there’s money in nostalgia (or just overall great indie music). As 2013 begins to wind down, another resurrection has burst onto the indie scene, and it’s a name that’s entirely new. Juliana Hatfield (Blake Babies, Some Girls) and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) have teamed up to form Minor Alps. The name comes from a mini mountain near Caws’ parents’ house in France where he spent his summers growing up. Juliana and Matthew have been close friends since the early 90’s, and have jammed together a handful of times. Recorded in Hoboken, NJ and released on Barsuk Records, Get There is 12-tracks worth of well-crafted songs and pleasant arrangements. There are some straight-up loud rockers, and some mid-tempo songs that linger, but the best stuff happens when they get all lo-fi and acoustic. “Buried Plans,” “Lonely Low,” and “Waiting For You” are the highlights, because they’re sweet and gentle and I told a fellow co-worker that they make me want to jump into a pile of leaves and escape into sound. Hatfield’s and Caws’ vocals are two great tastes that taste even greater together. For any old head who loved them in their prime – don’t worry, they’re still in it. And for any newcomer who thinks Generation X can’t hang with today’s emerging indie rock acts – give Get There a listen; you will not be disappointed.
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