There’s no better venue to spend 11/11/11 than Neumos, whose sound system at full volume can rattle the walls and shake the floor. Of course, there was no shortage of rock-fueled ferocity for Wild Flag‘s set earlier this month, as the all-girl quartet has proved they can shred like masters before even taking the stage. Their excellent eponymous debut came out in September, and since they’ve been riding a steady stream of critical praise and sold-out shows. Neumo’s was no exception to this rule, with a full turnout to see what ended up being a riotous hour-long set.
The band took the stage and immediately lurched into album closer “Black Tiles,” perhaps as a warm-up for a Seattle crowd known to be notoriously indie (i.e., stand and nod with their arms crossed as opposed to dancing). But by the time they got to their third song in the set, “Romance,” everyone in the crowd was completely losing their minds. With phenomenal stage performances by both Carrie Brownstein and Mary Timony, the duo managed to get even the most hardened hipsters to move their feet. Timony bobbed and swayed while Brownstein jumped and kicked, taking breaks only to roar into the microphone.
While the majority of the set was taken from the band’s sole album, the one surprise of the night was new track “Winter Pair,” a frantic guitar-driven punk rock ditty that burst forth from the ladies’ fingertips like a freight train. The rest of the show was dedicated to favorites like “Glass Tambourine,” “Racehorse,” and “Boom,” all of which (appropriately) deafened the ears and caused enthusiastic, sweaty limb-flailing. Wild Flag is only getting bigger as time passes, and for good reason -- but seeing them in a smaller venue like Neumos is an opportunity not to be missed. Next time they come to town, do yourself a favor and get your riot grrrl on.