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Flaxxies - EP Review: Beach Rudes

04 Aug 2022 // A review by Lou Clement
Flaxxies release a four track EP, that heralds Spring with its’ playfulness and optimism. The band are a five piece who blend a number of influences: most obviously surf rock and reggae. It’s crowd pleasing and feel-good but really listenable - it feels hearty, not manufactured. Their first album Dream Days was released in 2020 and included a whole swathe of tunes which capture beach and festival culture – carefree, chilled and celebratory, at times. They followed up with single releases in 2021 and in 2022. Their most current release includes both singles.

Flaxxies are Benji Humphries (vocals) with Nick Tait (rhythm guitar), Eric Goodger (lead guitar), Chris Manning (bass) and Jayden Welsh (drums). King of The Reef, has got the pace of early Arctic Monkeys. It’s the sort of music which accompanies you on a trip – it is weekend music. For those sunny days where you have relaxing on your mind.

Karma Goblin, is a more reflective track in lyrical content and the composition, which fits that mood. Maybe it’s about longing a little. I like the arrangement here and Humphries vocals bend and stretch around the vowels delivering an original yet familiar tune. The production of the track with the almost isolated sound of the cymbal, at the end of the track and the pared back slow down, lends it a post rock vibe.

Lot 61 the final track is an instant reggae soundtrack to summer. It’s definitely my favourite and is the latest single release as well. Humphries opening lyrics is: ‘Is anybody out there?’ I’m pretty sure he’s looking out to sea, in this moment. You’ll need to pull up a chair and pour yourself a drink to watch the sunset when you put this on. It also has a beautiful guitar section; I’d hope for an extended solo at live shows.

This is a pocket-sized release which brings relief from wintery days and a reminder of the summer ahead.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About Flaxxies

Flaxxies are an indie Surf Rock group from the City of Sails. The group of five mates from school draw on a wide sphere of influences to fuel their passion for powerful songwriting and adrenalizing live performance.

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Beach Rudes
Year: 2022
Type: EP

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