Friday, 16 September 2011

The sound is what found us

In a way, that might seem strange, because we've all been in bands for many, many years, but I think reconvening in a new dynamic, a lot of it just felt new. Some of the lyrics are about testing one's own relationship not just to music, but to art, the notion of still trying to maintain a creative, vibrant self as you get older. I think that for people that continue to be engaged with music and art and creativity in their 30s and 40s and beyond, you have to have a continual dialogue that's basically convincing yourself that it's okay not to have stopped, because along the way, you've seen friends and colleagues that decide they can't anymore, for whatever reason. So there is a lot of convincing oneself and grappling with the validity of it. I wouldn't say we're just singing about music; we're grappling with why and whether you can still find salvation in art, and whether it's okay to, whether by now we should have found salvation in the white picket fence and kids. It's become harder and harder to maintain a little of that nontraditional status. So I think it's a little more like that than, "Hey, this is fun," but certainly a handful of the songs call into question that sort of conundrum.
The A.V. Club: Carrie Brownstein and Mary Timony of Wild Flag


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