White Flag Down
Never Surrender / Outlaw
Released: July 1, 2013
Coop – Vocals
Chris Gardner – Guitar
Ian Down – Bass
Ryan Cox – Drums
01. Burn It Down
02. Long Day
03. White Flag Down
04. Watch Yourself
06. Rock ‘N’ Roll
08. We Turn Our Backs
10. Malcontent Killing Machine
I got a hold of this album a couple of days ago. White Flag Down have always done a great job of creating melodic punk (is that even a term?!). Coop delivers raw gritty vocals and the guitar work bounces back and forth between metal licks to cool classic rock/rockabilly chords.
Some people prefer the kind of punk where it’s nothing, but screaming and the sound of a belt-sander on a chalkboard. I want to be able to make out the vocals. Coop can sing and I’ve got half of the CD on constant rotation. Quality stuff.
Anyway, listen to Easy first; and enjoy the hell out of the rest of the album. Good solid punk, without the sandpaper to the taint aftertaste.
This release contains both singles, Never Surrender 7″ and Outlaw 7″, plus 2 new tracks. The Never Surrender 7″ was distributed by the band, is out of print. The Outlaw 7″ was only a pressing of 125 and sold-out inside of 14 hours.
Rating: ** * two out of three stars
The standout cuts are: Long Day, White Flag Down, Outlaw, Easy and Deadtown.
If you find it, give it a listen.
On to the story . . .
Sometimes it’s amazing how music touches you. It has always been a soundtrack to my life. Some people turn on the radio nod their head; sing along then the music is completely out of their head once the song is over. With me, I hear a song I remember when I first heard it, I remember what was going on in my life at the time, where I bought a copy of the song, who produced it, what label, etc.
Example, tonight I listened to Please Come To Boston tonight, by Dave Loggins. When I finished seventh grade, a family friend, who had been battling alcoholism for a number of years, committed suicide. At his funeral they played Please Come To Boston. And as many of you know any sound in a church echoes forever. There is this weird little note at the beginning of the song that seemed so thunderous that afternoon. Once the chorus started everyone in the pews were sobbing.
What was once a decent pop song is now and always an example of a life that faded away too quickly.
LIFE WON’T WAIT is out now, grab a copy today: https://www.createspace.com/4019318