Flats - 'Better Living'
8 / 10
For all the vomitus aggression filling Flats’ bleak debut, what really disturbs is its harrowing, somewhat tragic air of hopelessness that’s not so much ‘Kick out the jams’ as ‘Cave my head in with that shovel’. Part self-righteous, part self-loathing, the young Londoners take optimum wretchedness from doom rock, no wave and metalcore; the Sabbath-heavy ‘Foxtrot’ is sluggish with a boredom-induced fatigue, and ‘Macabre Unit’ writhes in tortured fretwork. Capped with Dan Devine’s vocals – a scream as angry as it is distraught – this is despair with a backbeat, and punk as it should be: courageously self-destructive.
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