Dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum FLASH! … ER! Yes, it’s Washington, DC trio Flasher with their debut album Constant Image, which comes courtesy of the Domino Recording Company. The group go for lively indie rock in a graceful balance between heavy and light, while all three members (Taylor, Daniel and Emma) contribute vocals in various combinations.
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I saw a rather sniffy Uncut review of this the other day but presumably because they are not called Drive-By-Truckers then this won't appeal to their world view. We found this rather catchy when we played it in the office the other day. Well no-one turned it off so that is a start. There's elements of the Breeders in opener 'Go' and Devo in 'Pressure' which also slightly recalls the B52s. It twangs you see and has a really catchy chorus. This is what Cowtown might sound like if they went for the big bucks.
Perhaps what the magazine were saying was that the album doesn't excite all the way through. 'Sun Come and Golden' comes three tracks in and is a fair effort to recreate the hazy days of Athens, GA sitting right between the B52s and Pylon. I simply love the watery guitar sound on the chorus - how does one do that? Yes despite me enjoying parts of the song it seems a bit flabby and overworked. See how economical Pylon songs are? The opposite of that.
It's a big ask for everything to be an instant classic here though and there's a few moments you need to skip. But the band bring everything together on stellar closer 'Business Unusual' which has brilliant intertwining guitars and vocals and a closing vocal and sax hook that you'll sing long after the album has faded from view. I really like the lop sided nature of these competitions, verses and choruses are interchangeable - and instead things just wander. Not many people do this successfully and many times Flasher hint at greatness.
Some great sinewy pop here for summer. Definitely worth investigating.
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