Two For Flinching – The ‘So We’ve Got That In Common’ EP.
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Many of us either grew up during or following the resurgence and diversification of Punk-Rock after the genre changing 80’s. The Skate Punk and the Pop-Punk golden age ruled unopposed for quite some time and those who were privy to this as fans are now very much apart of another scene resurgence.
Two For Flinching are a perfect example of such. This Perth based band have graced us with their 90’s Punk/Pop-Punk sound before and now with more completion, have another fresh yet unambiguous blast to the past.
\\So We’ve Got That In Common//
‘Super’ was the band’s debut single with staff writer JG rather on point with his description: ‘[..] taking us back to days of Face To Face and Jawbreaker, when the genre still held it’s Punk-Rock roots close to heart.’
Opening with such an anthemic blast of 90’s Punk is a risk on such a short release, as the metaphorical bench mark requires several equally metaphorical ladders in order to reach, but luckily the Face To Face and 90’s-o-phile ‘No Second Chances’ follows.
‘Off A Cliff’ was the second single and fills the “ballad” void that releases in this niche require. It’s placement on the EP is actually a relief in its own way, as it contrasts with ‘Super’ is a little too strongly. However, in regard to its differentiation from the prior ‘No Second Chances’, its far more inline with the continuity of the release.
‘Cuckoo’ is the closer and the most prominent as at first listen you really aren’t entirely certain on how to take it. The opening riff, chord progression and licks are again your staple anthemic Punk-Rock but the change in intensity via Jason Troode’s drums elude something else, something else that accosts you in almost 80’s Hardcore rhythms and structure, propelled forward by 90’s guitar melodies.
This would be the second time this band has surprised me with their ensemble and I feel cheated. They lead me up the garden path and then miracle-grow a hedge to block my allotted course.
‘Cuckoo’ showcases the band’s melodies, gruff and progression at its best. The chorus itself is actually almost perfect in its anthemic drive and the eluding heaviness is something the band would do well to explore further.
Until next time…
Find the band below:
- For updates head Facebook and Twitter.
- Head to bandcamp for the EP in its entirety.
- Music videos ca be found on their Youtube Channel.