The Flood CD review by Luc Rodgers

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The Flood CD review by Luc Rodgers
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Feb 27, 2008, 18:56

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THE FLOOD Power to the Sheeple CD

Hot pink lettering, crude drawings, and the use of the word, “Amerikkka” all point to one thing—political punk. Never has the term, “Don't judge a book…,” come to mind so quickly after hearing the data on the enclosed silver disc. What JFK (vocals/guitar), Bad Penny (drums), and Marky (bass) actually play is stoner rock ala the Melvins (Houdini-era) or an angrier and less-sexy Queens of the Stone Age (the intention becomes  obvious as JFK growls on the title track, “Ha ha/Yes we have fooled you). The politics come up, when a subject is needed to yell at, but I figure that these Austin, Texas boys are too lazy and stoned to really care about anything.

Power to the Sheeple opens with the title track, a worship hymn to the aforementioned Melvins, but with less-interesting riffs. Clean then distorted means humdrum…that is until JFK begins a mucus-heavy groan beckoning anyone to try, just try, and fuck with him. With his threats and chest-pounding firmly in place, everything else works much better; by the end of the song it is elevated into such an amalgam of noise that your fists can't help but clench. The problem becomes apparent, though, as you continue through the record. To play music in this style and remain a force, experimentation is needed. Stretch out the limbs, experiment by trying something else, otherwise it will remain the same song. “Feelings Hurter” throws some guitar effects in, but it just isn't enough to keep the attention. Other attempts are used (long, long numbers “You Hate $, You Hate Work,” and “Teacher” both have the opportunities to showcase other talents, but just trudge on and on) but it becomes apparent that they are just not into that, either—Rock for rock's sake. All right. Roll with it.

After a short break, the “Bonus EP,” Drugs begins and now just try to guess what it is about. Wrong, it's drugs. Oh, you said that.

“You're High” begins nearly identical to the album in sound and tempo. Once the song opens up, though, JFK matches the melody and it is here that, perhaps, their own sound comes through, as thin as it may be. “Down” begins as a standout track and then falls into the same habits as the others…they're obviously just way too comfortable.

The production qualities are outstanding, achieving volume and separation while still maintaining a rawness and danger. It is worth listening to just for that fact alone but in the end you will be thirsting for something more unique and less sheepish. (Sorry, but if you're gonna have such a “think for yourself!” stance, then your music should do the same.) [Cain and Ebel Recordings]

-Luc Rodgers

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