Old Flings - “Spite”
Split release between Bitter Melody Records and Self Aware Records.
1st Pressing | Black | 200
I have been branching out musically lately. Much of 2010’s has been dominated by the rise of the folk/americana sound and my tendency to love all things hooky. I suppose I tend to get caught up in waves of underground popularity. Anyhow this year one of my very favorite records was Now, Now’s album “Threads”. In falling in love with an album that was a bit different than what my normal listening habits had been as of late I found myself searching for other bands to match. A friend of mine suggested You Blew It! and with only a month to spare that album managed to become one of my favorite of 2012. With two new bands who don’t necessarily sound the same but similar enough I had somewhere to start when seeking out new music. Then Tumblr did the rest.
I found the two albums I had grown to love all over people’s top albums of the year lists. One list in particular had both those albums in their top 5 along with 3 other albums. One of those albums was Old Flings new record “Spite”.
A quick initial listen was promising. I can never quite explain what it is about a new band that makes or breaks them for me. Sometimes I can tell a band is “good” but nothing hits me. Old Flings however immediately sparked my interests. I wanted to hear more almost right away. I broke my own post thanksgiving prechristmas rules and ordered the record fairly quickly after only a few listens. I have since given the record several spins and the song TBC is in heavy rotation on my iPhone driving play list. I feel a sense of nostalgia listening to “Spite” which is a strange feat for a band I didn’t know before a few weeks ago. Maybe it’s the 90’s alt vibe I get or the lower octave vocals that remind me of a band I loved growing up (Small Town Hero from Connecticut, listen to “song number seven”). Hooky in the right places but not over the top. This is an album I can listen to while driving or on a snowy Saturday when I am feeling a bit under the weather (today). I am going to really enjoying listening to these guys into 2013.
Songs to consider: TBC and Grip
Check em out on Bandcamp.
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