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The rumors have been darting about for months, but now it’s official: Wild Flag has broken up. The supergroup—-whose members included the great D.C. guitar slayer Mary Timony alongside Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss, and Rebecca Cole—-put out one of 2011’s greatest indie-rock records, toured around a bit (including three well-received gigs in D.C.), then fizzled. According to Spin, the band played its final gig in August 2012 at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park bandshell.
Drummer Weiss broke the news to British outlet The Skinny, saying, “It was great but I think it just kinda ran its course,” and “It’s hard to have a band when you live five hours apart by plane.” Timony did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
So long to a great band. I shall remember you for your dragon-slaying licks, your gently yearning love songs, and your cover of Fugazi‘s “Margin Walker.”
On the upside: Timony’s new band, Ex Hex, is decidedly together and working on its debut album, due out April 2014 on Merge Records. The trio plays two local shows in the next week: one on Sunday at Comet Ping Pong and another on Tuesday (opening for The Hives) at 9:30 Club.