THE FLAIRS: Shut up and drive CD. + 2 Extra songs. Catchy, hook-laden 80’s hard rock and punk. s.
pop-punk quartet that writes and performs quick-tempo, guitar-driven rock tunes. In their publicity materials, they make a point of citing their affection for the Ramones, but on their debut full-length, Shut Up and Drive, they cover Skid Rows “18 & Life,” which is perhaps more indicative of their sound. Of course, ’70s punk rock and ’80s hair metal were never really that far apart musically; it was more a matter of attitude (and wardrobe). Singer Dawn Mandarino presents lyrics that focus primarily on romantic scorn, which fits with the aggressive music. But she never loses her sense of melody, and the music, while propulsive, never gets really wild. Thats the mark of pop-punk, and The Flairs do it very well.
PROMO CD Track Listing:
1. Poison Love
2. Sorry 4 Lovin’ U
3. Ready To Roll
5. Falling Into Pieces
7. Drive By
8. Under My Skin
9. Stay The Same
12. 18 And Life
14. 18 And Life
15. Sorry 4 Lovin’ U
Release Date June 13, 2006
catchy, hook-laden rock songs harkening back to the days of ’80s hard rock and punk, seasoned with a whole-lotta attitude! Vancouver based
5.0 out of 5 stars Shut up and LISTEN
Electric riffs and rapid-fire drum beats set the stage for “Poison Love.” The songs pleasure for pain is reflected in the soft yet powerful tones of vocalist Dawn. I’ve only heard one female version of Skid Rows “18 & Life” before The Flairs version (it was that chick from Veruca Salt); The Flairs version is much better. The riffage is as powerful as the original, and the group manages to put their own stamp on it. Dawn turns into your psycho ex-girlfriend on “Sorry for Lovin’ You.” Shes backed up by driving punk progressions and chugga-chugga guitar riffs. “Ready to Roll” fires off like a lost Donnas track thats been revved up. The song has an anthemic feel to it. Watch out for Jens furious drum beats and fills on “Stay the Same.” The chorus employs some melodic vocal harmonies. Biting riffs and enduring vocals dominate “Runaway.”
Shut Up and Drive delivers melodic hard rock with punk sensibilities. The Flairs are one of the few female-dominant rock groups that don’t suck. Shut up and LISTEN.