Post-punk music is in many ways, the new thing – or at least, it feels that way. There are plenty of solid post-punk bands coming around lately, but none have the pop sensibilities of Washington, D.C.’s Flasher. Their debut record was more traditional post-punk, while their latest release Constant Image adds new wave touches to give their sound more snap and pop.
The searing and soothing sounds of opener “Go” give the listener an introduction of what’s to come from this trio, showcasing so much of what’s on the record itself. The pop immediacy that opens the second song “Pressure” is as inviting as the guitar hooks that meet with the catchy drums. The beauty of Flasher is that all three members can sing, so the backing vocals coupled with the head bopping stride show how well crafted their music is. The depth employed by the band on “Sun Come and Golden” should begin to make anyone who hears this band realize, they can go fast, they can go slow, and it all works. The track has so much happening in real time that it’s difficult to believe they’re a power trio.
The murky bass lines of “Material,” the hook filled notes of “XYZ,”and the hard hitting drive of “Who’s Got Time?” are all stellar examples of how strong Flasher is on this record. Multiple vocals, stirring riffs, snappy drums and muddy bass give their songs more weight than the typical post-punk darkness of the genre.
That doesn’t mean they don’t tread the lines of post-punk, as songs like “Skim Milk,” “Punching Up,” and “Harsh Light” all represent the genre well. It’s just that Flasher adds so much more to their songs and the fact that most of the music here is crafted like something found in an artisan village.
You can stream Constant Image on all streaming platforms, you can purchase it in all digital store fronts and on Bandcamp, or you can order it directly from Domino Records. Flasher will be on tour tonight in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg until December 6 in Paterson, New Jersey at A Red Wheelbarrow. A full list of tour dates for the band can be found here.
Image Credits: Photo by Jen Dessinger.