Arctic Flowers – “Straight To The Hunter” LP
Long serving survivors of the dark-goth-punk sound that has arisen in the past decade or so. Portland’s Arctic Flowers have always been the stand-outs within this style, and they are now sounding more accomplished and powerful than ever before. More than anything, this is straight-up melodic punk. Strong, unpretentious vocals backed by the obligatory effect-ladden guitars, and then propelled by a thumping rhythm with basslines that possess a chunky attack quality that really lifts this up. Much punker and heavier than I remember from before – I was luke warm to their older records, but this new, self-released, eleven track album sounds to me like a modern-day gem.