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I’ve had August 2nd crossed off on my calendar for a while, as I found out that a band I had been following for a while was going to be coming to Wisconsin. Lynsey is in a band called Misunderstood, and they are native to Indiana, and when she asked me where they should go for a gig here in Wisconsin, I thought that the Wisco would be a cool place for a Thursday night punk gig. I told her as much, and she asked who they should play with, as they had never been to Wisconsin and aren’t familiar with who are in our scene. I suggested Coasting (Madison), The Red Flags (Janesville), and Audiophilia (Madison), as I thought all their music would gel together nicely. I also extended to Lynsey that I would be interested in doing an interview for Music Maehem– I was super excited when I saw the event was made on Facebook that she took my suggestions and made it happen, as well as agreed to be featured!

Unfortunately, Audiophilia lost their drummer prior to this show and had to drop from the lineup. And just as unfortunate, Lynsey informed me that there had occurred an emergency a couple hours before the show, and they were not able to play that night either.

As the old saying goes, shit happens.

But! The show must go on!


Ian (host of our show Powerslide) and I arrived at the Wisco just as Coasting was setting up. This was still a show worth being at to me even with two bands dropping, because not only do I enjoy the music of Coasting and The Red Flags, but I recently picked up photography as a hobby and this was going to be my first gig to be shooting at for Music Maehem.

Coasting is a pop-punk band based out of Madison. I’d seen these guys play one or two times before and was pumped to see them again. Their music reminds me distinctly of Dude Ranch era Blink-182, which is my favorite album by that band (frankly, the only album by them that I enjoy all the way through as it is way more punk and less pop than their other albums). These guys always have a good laugh or two shoved into their performance, and their tunes are catchy as hell and enough to get you bouncing on the dance floor.

Below are some of the shots I managed to capture of Coasting. As I said, this is my first photo gig at a concert-like setting. The Wisco is not known for its great lighting situation, so I did what I could…I’m definitely still a newbie. I definitely commend our spearhead Emily Mae for her amazing photographer abilities–concert pictures are not an easy task!

After a short-but-sweet half-hour set from Coasting, The Red Flags were up next. Anyone who has been following Music Maehem knows how much we love this band. They are high energy maniacs, and their music reflects in the same fashion and I personally cannot get enough of their unique and refreshing upbeat and fast-paced hip-hop-meets-rock-and-roll sound. They kept me on my feet vibing to their groove all throughout their set (which ended up being about an hour).

I’d like to say that their performance went off without a hitch, but Jonah, the madman sitting behind the drumkit, doesn’t like to play nice with his cymbals. What I mean by that is a) a chair flew over his kit at one point, b) one of the cymbals came crashing down to the floor, on more than one occasion, and c) somewhere towards the end I noticed there was blood dripping from Jonah’s cheek (warning: there is a picture below).

I imagine that happened sometime during when he…well, started hitting the cymbal with his…face.

That may sound strange, but just take it as Jonah just gets really into his performance!

Despite the other two bands dropping from the bill, this was still a show worth going to, and I had a great time and the crowd loved the performances too. It’s rare that I have a bad time out at the Wisco!

Coasting has three shows coming up the rest of this month at the Art In and Bos Meadery, and you can find the details here.

If we have any fans of late 90’s/early 2000’s punk bands in the house, I strongly recommend going and catching these guys next time they’re out of the town.

The Red Flags also have a show coming up in DeKalb, Illinois on August 10th, and are running some more shows in Milwaukee, Janesville, Appleton and Madison through the end of September. Details on those shows are at their events page on facebook here.

-Cat Sullivan

Photo cred: Cat Sullivan

AV AMPLIFIED!//The Red Flags-Lovely Woman

Welcome to AV AMPLIFIED! where we talk about some of the hottest music videos to drop from our scene! This time we are featuring The Red Flags with their newest video release for their single “Lovely Woman”. You can check it out for yourself here:

For those of you who have been keeping up with us here at Music Maehem may recall our previous AV AMPLIFIED! feature for their video “Basement Nasty” which you can find HERE!

In case you did miss our previous features, The Red Flags are a three-piece band from Janesville, WI. They’re a rock band with that good ‘ole 90’s nostalgia that you simply canNOT resist! In this video especially, we are transported to the Rage Against The Machine era, a feeling and sound that is prevalent through most of their music. There is an aura of resistance that makes you want to jam and break stuff! At the same time, it is reflected in an optimistic vibe throughout the video. We really get a good sense of the personality that The Red Flags put out–they’re fun loving rockers at heart and anyone who spends time in the music scene will tell you that the stigma of musicians being “serious and brooding” is basically…extremely false.

The video itself is packed full of personal moments with the band and is put together like a series of home video clips, which again is to me a huge 90’s staple. I can’t remember a single family event or otherwise from the 90’s that didn’t have someone there with a huge video recorder on their shoulder weighing them down. There is of course plenty of live footage that shows off the energy of The Red Flags as performers as well. So, all in all, this video has nothing but charm and that sweet, sweet nostalgia that everyone craves the taste of.

To check out some sweet live footage of The Red Flags check out our front row footage HERE.

Besides the personal clips throughout, there is a central plot about Gabe and Jonah being robbed by a dude in a Batman mask! More proof that these dudes don’t take themselves too seriously, which is a refreshing thing to see in a scene that sometimes does take itself too seriously. Sometimes we need dudes like The Red Flags to remind us to lighten up!

The guys are of course oblivious to this ballsy Batman raiding their home until Gabe is woken up by Batman in the form of a pummeling! If you’re not familiar with the original Batman series (you know, the one with Adam West!), the fight scenes are very cheesy and campy, and they made sure to portray their robber Batman in the same way.

Meanwhile, Jonah is shown to be too absorbed in his book on the couch in the other room to even realize his brother has received a vicious pounding and robbery from Batman himself! Batman then returns to the kitchen and helps himself to a snack before letting himself out the door and on his merry way. Gabe is now awake enough again to get up and chase Batman out the door, but he is already gone. He stumbles across the street, where he finds Jonah hanging out on the ground behind a car having a cigarette. Gabe defeatedly has a seat in front of Jonah in the driveway. Gabe stares at Jonah, completely in disbelief because he’s just chilling. You can tell he’s thinking “Did…that seriously just happen??”

…There are also intermittent shots of Batman humping the air. Because why not? So…nice touch there too boys! Who DOESN’T want a humping Batman in their music video? It begs the question…is a music video really complete WITHOUT a humping Batman??

I laughed out loud throughout most of the video, and the song is gonna be stuck in my head for days because it’s catchy as hell! I’m not sure what getting robbed by Batman has to do with the lyrics of the song itself, as it is clearly about a “Lovely Woman” that is being lusted after. But, personally, I absolutely love when bands write a song about one thing and the music video has a completely unrelated story. The Red Flags pull it off with ease and it is incredibly fitting with the cavalier attitude that The Red Flags are known to carry.

The Red Flags are a band that has a lot of power and energy behind them, and it’s no wonder they gain a bigger and bigger fan base each and every day! Their reputation for their incredibly unique sound and stage presence is thriving in the best way! We look forward to see how far The Red Flags will go, and we strongly encourage you to get out there and see them for yourself!

Below are some upcoming dates and locations!


Dates for The Red Flags
August 2-  The Wisco- Madison, WI
August 4- RTM Bar LLC -Two Rivers,WI
August 10- The House Cafe -Dekalb, IL
August 18-Fire On Water- Milwaukee, WI
September 8- Cold Shot- Appleton, WI
September 25- The Annex- Madison, WI

The Red Flags are:
Jonah Wilson
Gabe Wilson
Lavonne Sieling

Find The Red Flags online!
Official Site


– Emily Mae and Cat Sullivan
Edited by Samantha Crocker