The Channel Islands have quite a heritage of heavy metal over the last three decades. From Vengeance and Nemesis to Byzanthian Neckbeard and Whitechapel Murders, the locally seen styles have spanned pretty much everything that’s been heard on the international scene.
Jersey’s Flashmob have entered that fray with live shows and, more specifically here, the release of a self titled three-track single/EP.
From the off its clear we are at the pop-ier end of the heavy metal genre with obvious touchstones leaping from the speakers in the form of more recent Motley Crue and Buckcherry with a bit of the full on hard rock of Airbourne thrown into the mix too. This gives the whole EP, much like their live shows, a real sense of positivity and fun while they rail against the everyday world around them, but don’t let it get them down.
Opening track Get Off My Back is actually the disc’s weakest, but it does set the scene in terms of its tone. Combining glam metal guitars with, what I might call, ‘office metal’ lyrics that really do suggest this band may have their tongues in their cheeks but, to paraphrase them, don’t take any bullshit.
While the music across the three tracks is fairly spot on, Harry Sutton’s vocals are a bit rough and ready in places but combine with the naïve charm of the sentiment to work well in context and, as the disc goes on everything improves.
The best track of the set is probably Rebels Without A Brain which seems to rally against many who might, at first glance, seem to be the bands own audience. While this is a brave subject to tackle, the band certainly seem to come out on the winning side to me as they decry clone individualism and celebrate genuinely being yourself, whatever that may be, in the face of the “I’m more metal than you, look at the patches on my jacket” types.
Final track Lying Through Your Teeth is good and solid, if fairly run of the mill, and continues the single’s overall vibe of “boys just want to have fun” without the drama and hassle provided by those who don’t.
As is to be expected Flashmob’s debut is far from deep and, while it has a couple of simple messages to impart they are done so in a fun way that is far from po-faced which, combined with some cracking guitar work from Jay Du Heaume and Andy Harris – and let’s be honest big guitars is where this kind of cock-rock really focuses – makes for a solid release with a lot of potential lurking in the background.