Flipping Hades

Tell Peaches Lula Called

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Having parted ways with Burnt Sienna since the release of their debut, The Good Sense to Be Shattered, the sophomore effort of Columbus, OH's Flipping Hades, Tell Peaches Lula Called, bears the mark of that town's oh-so-fine Derailleur Records. Built on a foundation of loose, quirky, highly animated guitar riffs that reflect influences from punk, post-hardcore, and metal to new wave pop, Flipping Hades tends to specialize in stuttering, oddly timed guitar lines that, although a bit fractured at times, are actually quite catchy. Vocally, Flipping Hades tends to be just as off kilter, but the boys have a knack for unleashing big group choruses that will have you humming along for weeks. Unfortunately, with three singers passing the microphone around, it's sometimes hard to get a handle on the group's sound, but while it's a bit inconsistent, things fit together nicely in the end. The strongest, or at least the most entertaining, of the outfit's three singers is Jake Saint (aka Jake O'Clay), who offers up a vibrato-heavy, goofily operatic punk vocal style (sort of a giddily lighthearted take on Jello Biafra at times). Saint mans the mic for what is easily the record's catchiest track, "Ghost in My Clothes." Featuring a chorus of "do, do, dos" and perky guitar work, something about the track harkens back to the inescapable pop sensibilities of a group like the Cars, which is a good thing. Other notable tracks include bassist Q's squealy voiced turn on "Lay Lazy" and guitarist Clark Libbey's gruff, throaty takes on "Transfix Flyboy" and "Sausage Town." A strong track, album-closer "Plaster Walls" is a slowed-down, cleaned-up, jazzy number that seems somewhat tacked on and out of place among the rest of the tracks, though it has vague echoes of Bigfoot throughout, which can't be a bad thing. While the boys dabble in various styles, all with an emphasis on big choruses and bigger riffs, Tell Peaches Lula Called is ultimately a fairly straight-up rock effort that documents how far the band has come since The Good Sense to Be Shattered.

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