FLEAS, THE: Heart Breaker: 7”

Aug 02, 2017

It’s probably impossible to review an EP from a British punk band lead by a sax-toting female vocalist without referencing X-Ray Spex. The best thing about The Fleas is that they pull it off without being crushed under the weight of that reference. The guitar slashes with piercing treble of early U.K. recordings but structure and chord progression from a more modern school of songwriting. However, it’s Emily’s voice and sax that—while similar to Poly’s—has the strength of delivery and attitude that has kept this record in heavy rotation. –Matt Seward (Grow Your Own, anthraxuk.bandcamp.com)