mp3: "Winnie" - Flasher


words: Jordan Gorsuch

"For example, the refrain ‘these feet want to keep the beat moving’ was plucked from a diabetes medication commercial. "Winnie" is a bricolage tribute to the paranoia-fueled autoerotic American psyche." This is the conclusion to Flasher's press release that explains the conception of their jangly new single, "Winnie." That's a lot to digest, but the nervous energy intrinsic to Flasher's sound catapults them to manic heights with some sobering results. 

Flasher's brand of post-punk is reminiscent of Sonic Youth with a modern twist comparable to contemporaries like No Age or Parquet Courts. The drums are hypnotic, a treble guitar cycles through, washing over the listener in a freaked-out glaze. The hook is killer, a blending of the aforementioned Diabetes tagline with a great counter melody, an additional layer of harmonizing vocals help to blend everything into a mesmerizing cyclone of noise. 

"I was consulting with some of my associates / Are you completely prepared or just mostly prepared? / Say what you want to say, it will make a huge different / And I have full faith in our security systems." The lyrics were inspired by the EgyptAir Flight 804 last May (ripped directly from the pundits talking on CNN), and the track is titled after the Texas town where the song was originally written. It is a song crafted and dedicated in the spirit of punk rock...and it soars because of it. Flasher's "Winnie" / "Burn Blue" 7" will be released May 5 via Sister Polygon. Pre-order it here.

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