Rock n' Roll, Punk & Soul

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FUSS A great selection of tracks from a stellar band... Seeing it was all recorded in their own studio that they built, it's top quality... Favorite track: Radio.
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With the five track EP ‘Dressed Up To Tumble Down’ under their collective belt, at the time they informed me there intention was to build a recording studio in their rehearsal space and record their debut album. No mean feat and as the saying goes – ‘The road to Hell is paved with good intentions’. Well I’m delighted to report they’ve done everything they set out to do and the eleven tracks on ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll, Punk & Soul’ are the end result.

Opener ‘Waiting For You’ sets the bar high for the rest of the record. It’s got all the Flatline Stereo! flashes and traits - an instant hook, memorable melody, a great chorus and well delivered harmonies. Next up is ‘Wednesday’s Child’, which, along with ‘Radio’ and ‘Melancholy’ later in the record, delivers more of this excellently executed brand of granite hard, tuneful guitar punk/pop. Having said that, as you listen to ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll, Punk & Soul’ it quickly becomes apparent that in no way are this band one dimensional. ‘Shoot You Down’ takes the pace down a notch, ‘Sorry’ is an out and out heartbreaker ballad, ‘Girl’ and ‘Stuck In The Moment’ are drop dead gorgeous pop songs (the latter potentially a single I’d like to suggest!). ‘Blind Faith’ is darker and funkier, while ‘Love/Hate’ is noisy brash, guitar trash rock ‘n’ roll. In short it’s heady stuff, a very accomplished debut long player (do we still call them that?). It’s excellently produced (another tip of the hat to the boys!) and sequenced well (not always an easy thing to get right), which makes repeated listens very satisfying; then again it’s no more than I’d expect from a band of this calibre.

In short ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll, Punk & Soul’ has come into being through a ferocious determination by Leigh, Daniel and Jimmy to get their music down on their terms. It’s been created through a relentless drive, passion and belief and the song-writing talent is there to back it all up. If there’s any justice in this world then this band deserve to be heard.

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released August 20, 2012

Written, performed, engineered, mixed & produced by Flatline Stereo! @ The Sewer Recording Studio (c) 2012

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Flatline Stereo! Wolverhampton, UK

Punk Power Trio 'Flatline Stereo!' formed in late 2010, with Leigh Bucknall on Vocals & Guitars, Jimmy Stix on Drums and Daniel Gill on Bass.

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