“We were just three peo­ple who wanted to play mu­sic and wanted our mu­sic to mean some­thing to us and to other peo­ple”

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most ex­cited about what’s hap­pen­ing now. It’s too de­featist to live in a mind­set where you think every­thing good al­ready hap­pened. How can you find con­tent­ment other­wise? You have to be­lieve that this is the mo­ment to em­brace and then go out and em­brace it.”

Yet Brown­stein un­der­stands why such yearn­ing for the past is so pow­er­ful in mu­sic. “There were mo­ments in our lives which were so in­deli­ble and for­ma­tive that you keep de­fault­ing to that time be­cause it’s fa­mil­iar. But at the same time, it’s a dan­ger­ous rab­bit hole to go down through, be­cause you’re then stuck think­ing that that time is bet­ter than it is now. “It’s im­por­tant to find vi­tal­ity and in­spi­ra­tion from what’s go­ing on now. You can’t di­vorce your­self from your past and what ini­tially in­spired you, but you have to seek out that spirit as it ex­ists now.”

Brown­stein sees the songs on the al­bum as a per­fect re­flec­tion of where Wild Flag are as a band as they start out again. “It was very much a way of cap­tur­ing the mo­ment and not fo­cus­ing on the past. It wasn’t about ev­ery-

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