Fleshtones, The / Band Drinks For Free, The
Album: Band Drinks For Free, The   Collection:General
Artist:Fleshtones, The   Added:Apr 2017
Label:Yep Roc Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2017-04-05 Pull Date: 2017-06-07
Week Ending: Jun 11 May 14 Apr 30 Apr 23 Apr 9
Airplays: 1 1 1 4 2

Recent Airplay
1. Sep 12, 2023: The Modern World
Love Like A Man
4. Apr 27, 2017: Brains and Eggs
Suburban Roulette
2. Jun 07, 2017: The Library
Respect Our Love
5. Apr 22, 2017: wild kingdom
Love Like A Man
3. May 11, 2017: Brains and Eggs
Suburban Roulette
6. Apr 20, 2017: Brains and Eggs
Love Like A Man

Album Review
Reviewed 2017-04-05
FCC CLEAN! (track 12 has “tossed out on my ass”, but pretty tame)

Overview: New York garage rockers The Fleshtones have been making music for > 40 years. This is their 21st studio effort. Jangly garage rock tinged with blues, surf, and plenty of cocktail party shaker action.
Most songs are upbeat - clap and shake your money-maker. There are a couple of moody moments (‘Respect our Love’ and ‘The Sinner’) but generally upbeat. They call their sound ‘Super Rock’ – from 50s r&b, to punk, funk, disco, and beyond. Somewhat goofy lyrically but with some old-timey wisdom as well.

Favorite Tracks: 1, 4, 5

Tracks: Favorites (*)
1. * Love Like a Man: organ starts off; classic 50s-60s guitar stylings and simple drums/sleigh bells; talk-singing vocals with backup singers; good groove; winds up the intensity to end.
2. Love My Lover: guitar starts off; multi-person vocals enter and groove kicks in; more organ; classic garage rock sound.
3. Rick Wakeman’s Cape: drums, pulsating organ, and lead vocals start off; quirky song with talk-singing vocals; nice organ solo; 50s-60s vibe bordering on a garage/surf sound.
4. * Suburban Roulette: hard rock start; moving into Ramones territory (three chords and attitude); good backup vocals and harmonica; driving intensity throughout; fades out to guitar and drums.
5. ** Respect Our Love: mellow intro with guitar and single cymbal; slower beat but still groovy; “respect our love before it’s too late”; ramps up with intense wall of sound; vocals go to screaming/pleading (but on tune!); ends as it began with guitar and cymbal.
6. Living Today: singer starts off; drums are prominent; lead guitar solo; talk-singing bridge; “I’m so glad I’m living today” – but I’m not sure the song fully supports this line; it feels a little sad.
7. Too Many Memories: multi-guitar intro; a little chaotic and discordant; hard-ish garage rock; mid-tempo; scream-singing vocals; fades out.
8. The Gasser: fast, full on start; organ and drums dominate; quirky vocals with silly lyrics; wobbly guitar solo bridge; repetitive fade out.
9. Stupid Ol’ Sun: classier start with guitar and drums; less-gritty and mid-tempo; simple vocals with back up clapping; 50s-60s vibe.
10. The Sinner: bluesy harmonica and guitar intro; slow tempo, end of the night song; this is all blues.
11. How to Make a Day: church bells intro; guitar and drums kicks in; jangly pop all the way; simple guitar solo bridge; ends with the bells.
12. Before I Go: pulsating organ intro; group vocals; a little surf-garage sound; a happy little ditty about a guy trying to get someone to drink, dance (and maybe come home) with him; “tossed out on my ass” line, but pretty tame.

Track Listing
1. Love Like A Man   7. Too Many Memories
2. Love My Lover   8. The Gasser
3. Rick Wakeman's Cape   9. Stupid Ol' Sun
4. Suburban Roulette   10. The Sinner
5. Respect Our Love   11. How To Make A Day
6. Living Today   12. Before I Go