A Girl and Her Axes: Wild Flag's Mary Timony On Her Guitars and How She Started Playing

In this week's paper, we caught up with Mary Timony, the post-punk, guitar-playing darling of '90s outfits Autoclave and Helium and currently of Wild Flag. That new outfit, unavoidably, has been given the supergroup tag thanks to its members' impressive pasts. In addition to Timony's credible past, the group also features Carrie Browstein and Janet Weiss of iconic riot grrrl outfit Sleater-Kinney and Rebecca Cole of The Minders.

The band stops by The Loft tomorrow night, visiting Dallas for the second time in a year, and this time with a well-regarded self-titled debut record to promote. To preview in print tomorrow night's show, we spoke with Timony about the newfound joy she's found in performing live, the way in which the band formed and why, despite the fact that the rest of her band lives there, she has no desire to move to Portland, Oregon.

We also spoke with Timony about her relationship with her instrument -- how she got started, which guitar was her first, what she currently uses and what she currently owns but does not use. Because of space concerns, you won't find that much in this week's paper. You will, however, find it after the jump,

First guitar instructor: Her brother.

"I played viola, but my mom had bought my brother a guitar and I decided he was super-cool and wanted to be like him. He taught me. It was about 9th grade."

First guitar: '61 vintage Epiphone semi-hollow body.

"My mom bought it for me, which was pretty awesome. The intonation was horrible because it had a floating bridge, but I didn't even realize it and learned how to fix it till I was like 19."

Current guitar: Fender Jazzmaster.

"I got the Jazzmater I play today when I was 26. I just really really love it. There are some things I wish I could do with that I can't, but I love the way it plays."

Conundrum Guitar: A Paul Reed Smith.

"I got it when I was in my 20s and I keep hoping I'll break it out, but I just can't do it. There's something about it. It just has no soul. It's worth some money now, and I keep thinking I'll sell it, but I can't do that either because I've had it so long."

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.