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FLESH WORLD – Just Tear Me Down

| On 02, Oct 2015

Emerging from the fuzz of their guitars, the four members of San Francisco’s Flesh World stand proud, playing new single ‘Just Tear Me Down’. In a cemetery. And why not? The video flickers from monochrome to colour, reflecting a song that spirals down in clouds of minor chords before leaping back with euphoric guitar solos. It’s all a bit weird, and rather wonderful.

Tribal drums open the track, with a strumming guitar, before singer Jess Scott swaggers behind the mic, dripping with the strangely uplifting spirit of Nico and The Velvet Underground.

The tension builds as drummer Diane Anastasio opens up a driving beat and Scott’s guitar dovetails with Andrew Lutrell’s chugging bass. And just as it all seems to be getting too intense, Scott Moore strikes with a soaring guitar solo that completely changes the direction of “Just Tear Me Down” into something euphoric.

The sobering drone returns after that first solo, swamping any sense of joy with anxiety soaked repetition. But happiness prevails on “Just Team Me Down”, as the track ends with an uplifting chorus and guitar solo.

There are hints of Joy Division, Blondie and even some cheeky Dead Kennedys for those who enjoy a retro kick, but let’s not get caught up with historical references, this is a driving song with varying shades of light and dark. Flesh World’s new album The Wild Animals In My Life LP is a cracker and ‘Just Tear Me Down’ gives an excellent insight into the wonders that it holds.

George Prince

Review Overview

George Prince
8

Very Good

There are hints of Joy Division, Blondie and even some cheeky Dead Kennedys for those who enjoy a retro kick, but let’s not get caught up with historical references, this is a driving song with varying shades of light and dark.