Constant Image 6/10
Slightly limp garage pop from Washington dC trio on debut album
There are certainly flashes of fizz, urgency and melodic craft to be found scattered across Flasher’s debut. One such moment is recent single “Pressure”, which recalls the poptinged post-punk charge of Athens groups such as Pylon and early REM; the rhythmically off-kilter “Sun Come And Golden” offers a moment of wonky intrigue, too. However, for chunks of the album there’s an unshakable feeling of familiarity, especially on the tracks that resemble Pavement – see “Punching Up”, in particular – only zapped of the charm and uniqueness, and filtered through a fairly standard fuzz-heavy, indiepop template.