No Flowers - The Ninety Seven Demo

Friday 1st August 1997
No Flowers - The Ninety Seven Demo

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette Single

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

This three piece outfit were one of the early performers in the Showcase lent at Cross Rhythms '97, so perhaps they didn't get the attention they deserved, because the three song demo cassette they left behind is well worth a listen, and excellent value too. The band describe their style in the CR fest programme as heavy rock, but to these ol' ears it's punk, with a difference. While the lead guitar is cranked up to feedback level and the drummer knocks seven bells out of the kit in true punk fashion, the vocals are clear and sharp and totally comprehensible, so full marks for that. The songs have a strong leaning towards spiritual warfare themes, are well written, well recorded and mixed and if they've another eight or 10 songs like these three in their repertoire, they should go down a storm at a live gig near you. Anyone looking for good punk rock, book these guys; everybody else, get your cheque hook out, and a memo to CR fest organisers -bring them back next year.

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