We’ve been raving of late about the debut record by Wild Flag, the new band that features two-thirds of Sleater-Kinney (namely, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss) along with Mary Timony of Helium and Rebecca Cole of The Minders. The album is great in its own right, and also because it’s the closest thing we’re likely to see for some time (and maybe ever) to a new Sleater-Kinney album. Anyway, as we were listening to it this week, we got to thinking about ’90s bands we’d like to see get a second shot — somehow it seems that in amongst the slew of cash-cow reunions of late, it’s never the bands we loved best who get back together. Of course, this refusal to cash in may well speak volumes in those bands’ favor. But still. Here goes.
So much promise, so little end product. Elastica’s 1995 self-titled debut was a delight, its post-punk stylings anticipating the work of latter-day revivalists like Franz Ferdinand and Interpol, its songs cleverly crafted and jam-packed with pop hooks. The album’s follow-up, however, took five years to arrive — largely because of the band’s collective heroin intake — and was a relative disappointment, with Elastica splitting soon after. With the band scattered to the four winds — Justine Frischmann is a painter and based in San Francisco, Donna Matthews is the head of some sort of university Christian organization, Justin Welch is married to former keyboardist Sharon Mew, and Annie Holland seems to have disappeared — there doesn’t seem to be any realistic chance of a reunion. But since this is a purely hypothetical feature, we can fantasize about a parallel universe where the band gets back together again to give it another, drug-free, go — and succeed spectacularly.