FLATLINERS, THE: Calvacade: CD

Part of me wants to write this off as “standard Fat stuff,” though that’s not fair. It reminds me of a whole lot of stuff I’ve heard from the label before, more specifically like a bunch of dudes in their twenties who grew up listening to NOFX and the rest of the Epitaph catalog at the time, and focus on the harder edge stuff, reminiscent of stuff like Only Crime and New Mexican Disaster Squad. It’s not the worst thing in the world; the songs are fine, the production is slick, and it’s mostly easy to listen to. Though the sudden ska/reggae upstrokes seemed weirdly forced and out of place at first, I didn’t mind it as much when I listened to it again, though it still seemed a little odd. Not bad overall.

 –joe (Fat Wreck)