SINGLE REVIEW: FloodHounds – ‘Near-Life Experience’


FloodHounds are one of those bands who in the whole timeI’ve been following their releases who have never let me down. Every release – through their musical evolution – has been a bloody joy. Their music is so obviously well crafted but, and this is crucial, it comes with a raw power.

‘Near-Life Experience’ is heavy alt-rock; crunchy guitars, pounding drums and explosive riffs.. Many bands can do that, I know but the edge FloodHounds have is firstly their song-writing, and secondly their sheer musical ability. The drumming is relentlessly pounding but it’s musical; it’s not mindless thrash – it’s full of clever clever fills and subtle use of cymbals. And Jack’s guitar playing is outstanding; full of unexpected sounds, non-lead lead guitar (if you get what I mean) that shines. And he doesn’t do solos, I mean he could and it would be amazing but the power of the band’s music is in the sound of the whole band.

The subject of ‘Near-Life Experience’ is obvious really but for certainty, songwriter Jack Flynn explains, “Lyrically, the song delves into the struggle of feeling numb and disillusioned but reminding you to break free of that apathy, seize the day and hold on to the moments that make you feel alive. I’m sure everyone has felt those moments when the daily grind overwhelms you, and you feel like you’re not living your life to the fullest, hopefully some of that energy blasting through the speakers can reach out to drag you up out of the haze”.

Look, the power of this song is going to blow your mind. It’s heavy alt-rock but it comes with meaningful words that have their own power. So bloody good, it hurts.

The info

Known for their blasts of stomping fuzzed-up indie guitar, savage riffs and hook-heavy choruses; Yorkshire’s FloodHounds deliver tight rabble-rousing live shows; bursting with startlingly jagged guitar, driving bass and wild rhythmic drums. Lyrically catchy, the Indie rock trio’s powerful punk-infused and darkly melodic tunes, stay with you long after the gig.

Floodhounds have played live all over the country and put on their own headline shows, playing sets on the festival circuit at Isle Of Wight Festival, Brighton Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Live at Leeds and Tramlines fringe, as well as played sold out support slots with the likes of Kid Kapichi, The Blinders, PINS, Projector, King Nun, Strange Bones & Calva Louise. The band have also ventured abroad to play in Paris twice at the iconic Parisian venues Supersonic and Le Truskel.

The band are

Lauren Greaves – Drums
Jack Flynn – Vocals/Guitar
Anna Melidone – Bass

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