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Her Flyaway Manner
Her Flyaway Manner
Caulfield Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Guitar! It's way out in front, and it's nasty. Much of the time it's a good kind of nasty. The guitar strings are like high voltage cables being strummed with a frozen pork chop. Lousy, fat, and disgusting. I love it. There is a hardcore theme here, and it's laced with some distorted and feedback-ridden pop melodies. It's not what I expected from a band called Her Flyaway Manner. I envisioned yet another whiney, boring emo-pop record that I would fall asleep during the second song. Nope. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that trashed-out six string churning out noise. Unfortunately, it's drowning out everything else on the record. What can be expected from a $500 recording that was taped to eight-track?

The drums sometimes appear to be playing a different song than everything else, and sometimes it just happens to sound interesting that way. This music is hard to follow. It changes tempo every four measures (not really). Once again, sometimes it turns out cool, but usually I find myself wishing they would dwell on a part a while longer. Track five, an instrumental called "at rest", is the most structured of all the tracks. From it's broken intro, to it's serrated midsection, it demands attention. Then, just past the halfway point, the music doesn't really change but the feeling does. The accents come on different beats. There are stops and starts and ebbs and lulls and mayhem. Finally ending on a sweet note that leaves the door open for the next tune, "pitter pat". This is the highlight of the record.

Some bands may pride themselves on there unpolished recording but this one would probably benefit from a little production. Good studio recording could fold that wonderful guitar sound into the doughy basslines and bring those off-kilter drums out of the cardboard box and into the mix. A little knob-tweaking could help out the vocals as well.

I understand that budget issues may have been present here, so I will patiently await the sophomore release form Her Flyaway Manner and smile every time I think of that abrasive guitar racket.

Reviewed by Ryan Guffey


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