The Flips are a rock quintet from Chicago. Formed five years ago, this band — headed by Nick Sintos — has undergone many lineup changes on its way to achieving a distinctive sound, described as “an entrancing mix of simmering calm and blistering, abrasive frustration.”
The Flips released an EP in 2011, and this year sees the release of the full-length album A Harm Deep But Shining.
“Intro” is an introspective piece with slow, resonant guitar notes and vocals to match. These vocals are pleasingly unconventional. A bit high-pitched, but very strong and impassioned.
The track “I’m Okay” has quite a share of emotional turmoil for a song bearing such a title. The vocals shift from slow to howling, then back to slow.
Is the track “God I’m Sorry” addressed to the man upstairs? Either way, this offering has a very strong alt rock sound taking my ears back some 18-20 years to the genre’s glory days.
A nice, subtle lil’ riff launches the track “Racing Stripe.” At 1:32 we have this glorious vocal outburst. Sintos sounds a bit like Cobain when he sings the word “heart.” About one minute later, there’s this wildly intense interlude.
Speaking of wildly intense, have a listen to 1:37 on the formidably titled “Jawbreaker.” Gloriously sung are the lyrics: “There’s rotting in my mind / And in my soul.” When it comes to angst, Sintos has a stadium-caliber voice. He throws apocalyptic tantrums, and stays in tune like a Christmas choir.
There’s something engagingly tragic about the track “Bees Knees.”
I thought I was hallucinating when I saw a song called “G-Unit” here. This particular g-unit is not especially gangsta.
Even less gangsta is the track “Cute.” Sounds like we have some tender female guest vocals here.
On a far heavier note is a certain guitar riff on the track “Casino.” The distortion is cranked, and them guitar strings are being brutalized.
This album sure has a wide emotional spectrum. Behold the variety at: http://theflips.bandcamp.com
Ray Cavanaugh – firstname.lastname@example.org