Several weeks ago a multicoloured box appeared at my door with the words Flying Vinyl blazoned across it, there are very few things a vinyl-lover would rather see. The box is filled with five exclusive 7inch pressings of previously unreleased on vinyl material from bands signed to indie labels as well as unsigned bands. Many bands get their first vinyl releases through Flying Vinyl, a service aiming to provide you with new music on the purest platform and to provide bands a way to create physical pressings of their music and to reach an ordinance they previously may not have reached. Before we go any further it is important to note that this is not an advert for Flying Vinyl, no one is paying us to write this, they are simply kindred spirits of Smashed Vinyl.
First out of the box is Bad Parents from South London, the band was formed by Misty and Tom but is an ever growing family according to the band. With a Facebook following of barely over 600, Bad Parents are definitely in the undiscovered gem section of new music. The needs drops down on side A to the sound of track Room To Grow, a song with all the melodic guitar and thoughtful lyrics of any great indie band. The record pleasantly progresses with Sailing and You Can't Date A Model cementing the record as one that will be played on repeat. Their South London roots are beautifully reflected on the side B of the record with track Peckham giving a heart-felt and gentle end to the record.
Next to hit the turn table is Middle Kids from Sydney whose artwork the record consists of a photo featuring dirty cigarette butts and a discarded used condom littered on the pavement. Unlike the unpleasant scene depicted on the art work, the record itself is pressed on gorgeous purple vinyl, if it wasn't such an intoxicatingly good listen it would be one to display proudly on the wall. Side A consists solely of the track Edge of Town, which has layers of beautifully woven sun-drenched indie rock. A track you will want to play again before flipping over to Side B. On side-B however is Never Start, advice that should be ignored when considering this record. Never Start is equally as enchanting as Edge of Town, the quality of the package so far is higher than one would expect.
Here come's the buzz. Queen Zee and the Sasstones bring raw energy and power to the party. Formed of Queen Zee, Em Dee, Meat Boy and Pink Eyes, side A starts with the track Sissy Fits, introduced with a deep, grimey bassline that penetrates the mind like the hypnotic swing of a moshing punks mohawk. This bass accopmanied with tight drums, snarling vocals and angry guitars brings a certain grip to the record found only in those records produced through passion, sweat and blood. Side B Sass or Die is definitely lighter, mixing the snarling vocals with a more laid back melody creating an impressive and unique sound. Definitely one of the highlights so far.
Next to the party is Dama Scout, a more relaxing record than that of Queen Zee but without doubt, just as good. Side A, Paper Boy, is a laid back track filled with soft vocal melody and hip-moving guitar riffs and drum beats. A track you will unconsciously find yourself head bobbing and feet tapping to within the first verse. Side B, Tightrope, is equally as enjoyable, the tracks soothes into a sweet bliss, much like that of a Mr Whippy on a hot summers day.
Last and definitely not least comes Flamingods. this stunning sea blue vinyl is definitely the one to put your dancing shoes on to. Btoh Mixed Blessings and Kewali have a tribal rhythm to them that connects with your core being and gets you grooving. Both are made to be enjoyed in the sun, so stick those speakers out the winder, grab a Piña Colada and get dancing.