FLAT TIRES / ASOUND, THE: Split: 7″

This is an excellent split of two non-traditional North Carolina punk bands. The Asound has a classic rock and psychedelic influence that might be a bit off-putting at first, but their side is undeniably driving. Even catchier is the Flat Tires side, which is a smoking hot mix of punk and country. Country has been mixed with punk with varying degrees of success over the years, but Flat Tires strike just the right balance of twang and hardcore. Each band delivers two solid tracks of Southern barbecue-able fun. This 7” comes housed in a beautiful sleeve illustrated by ANTiSEEN’s Jeff Clayton, perhaps the best-known NC punk icon. Needless to say, this record comes highly recommended.

 –Art Ettinger (Zodiac Killer, zodiackillerrecords.com)