Score Music Magazine writes:
Initial Impression: Wow. Not what I was expecting. After the first run-through totally dug it, though.
Notable Lyric: "He dreams of her, meanwhile she is there/He's so hung over by this bootleg love affair."
Serve With: X, Exene Cervenka and the Original Sinners
Factoid: The trio (not to be confused with the band Flint) have had some college-/public-radio airplay in Minnesota.
Comments: As alluded to afore, when I received Flink's debut LP, Barely Holding On, I was expecting something else – for some reason I was under the impression they'd be more sleazy, dirty garage-influenced punk a la pre-Dwarves act Suburban Nightmare, or, to reference bands of a more recent vintage, Die Hunns or High Tension Wires. After the initial let-down listen from wanting something tougher and meaner, I spun the record again, and was drawn to the way Flink mix up the styles and tones of their nuanced rock, in somewhat a manner like L.A. greats X. The first three tracks show the guys rocking out in an understated way, with "So Hungry", "Love in Your Eye" (a personal favorite), and "Hiding Rocks" all punchy, spirited tunes but with clean guitars, nimble basslines, and smooth, cool vocals. They go all-out raucous on the wild, rockabilly-fueled "Havin' a Ball" and the finale "Cake" rollicks along with a nice discordant bent. They also get a little more arty and discordant on the odd "Volvo". Twangy guitars show up on the countrified "Good to Me", meanwhile "Moonshine" is defined by an exotic Spanish flair and the piano-laced acoustic "Cow" is a serene lilt. The most beautiful track has to be the gentle "Take Me Home", which is truly quite affecting. A couple numbers, however, don't leave much of a mark, namely "Paula" and "The Mule", but all in all, definitely good stuff here.
Billy Golden - drums and vocals
Paul Wells - guitar and vocals
Jason Fleming - bass
New Release! "Feel My Feeling" - 2009
1. "Barely Holding On" - 2007
Related Web sites
Almond Davis, featuring Flink ex-bassist Almond Davis and drummer Billy Golden.