Friday, November 23, 2012

Album Review: Spite

Artist:  Old Flings (Facebook, Tumblr, BandCamp, ReverbNation, Last.fm)

Ashville, NC’s Old Flings’ full-length debut, Spite, is a strong burst of melodic punk mixed with hints of power pop and ‘90s alternative rock.  On their Facebook page, the band describes their music as “90s-era Revelation Records meets Gin Blossoms meets Smashing Pumpkins meets Hum meets Samiam” and honestly I that sums up this band’s sound beautifully.  Spite opens with the melodic hardcore meets power pop anthem of “TBC” and never lets up from there.  I suspect that these guys grew up on ‘90s underground music and ‘80s cult films (just see the clip from Some Kind of Wonderful at the beginning of “Apathetic”) because this record drips of that era.  The songs are filled with the kind of melody and hooks that can summon up strong emotions and become anthems.  Fans of Samiam, Gameface, Hot Water Music, CIV, Hum, Jawbreaker, and Black Train Jack need to get a copy of Spite, I think you’ll love what you hear.

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