FLATMATES, THE: Self-titled: LP

The Flatmates don’t sound exactly like they did in the mid-to-late ’80s. Is it just that there’s less jangle, no echo on the drums? Have they become less lo-fi, more pub-rockish, more of a trad punk band? The songs are still hook-filled, there’s still longing, heartbreak. Some part of the mystery, some kind of haze is no longer there. Better perhaps to think of them the way you would an old friend, always partly who they were, but continually who they are. –Matt Werts (HHBTM, hhbtm.com)