SINGLE REVIEW: FloodHounds – ‘Panic Stations’


Somehow I missed the release of this, for which I can only apologise. However, music doesn’t age in a month, so let’s get down to a review.

‘Panic Stations’ is a FloodHounds’ take on alt-rock. It’s a stomping hard rocking tune but it does that loud/quiet (ish) thing and it’s sharp and angular. That’s the bare bones of it but let’s flesh that out.

There’s a sophistication to this that may take you a couple of listens to get. Here’s some hints to get you going; the subtle vocal effects that bring the anxiety, the tension between the guitar and drums, and the way the track shifts in mood, loudness and sounds.

Musically FloodHounds always impress but this is a real showcase. Jack’s vocal is a joy, his guitar roars, and the bass and drums are so locked in it hurts. I have to admit that I always seem to concentrate on Jack’s guitar playing but this track really highlights the drumming. There’s some really clever drumming on this, and with every listen it continues to surprise.

This has it all. It’s a hard rocking track with lots of clever twists and turns. Great playing. A great tune, and hey, the icing on the cake, it’s the kind of song that’s going to get you moving. Play loud for full effect. Another great release from FloodHounds.

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