Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Flagging Down Exploding Washers
I first came across Brooklyn's Washer last year when they put out a fine split with excellent four-piece Big Ups. Now here they are again, this time on a split alongside Flagland (whose 3rd album Love Hard I wrote about here) who have also featured on a split with Big Ups - the triangle is complete. The 7" starts with Flagland's unhinged pop - playing out like the serrated moments of early Modest Mouse, fronted by a young Tim Rogers of You Am I fame. But there was something about the frenetic guitar pop abandon of Washer's 'Joe' that truly grabbed me. It is less than two minutes of seemingly innocuous pop-flecked punk abandon, but the precision stop/start gaps and yowls in the final third, the growl of the guitars - it all points to something much more rabid. Preorder the split here.