For those who need more proof that female pop-punk is a force to be reckoned with, along come the Flairs (not to be confused with the 60's era doo wop band), with their s/t debut EP. Okay, to be honest, they're only ¾ XX chromosomes (thereby making bassist Ryan Hanna a very lucky guy), but you get my point.
The band's sound falls somewhere between the pure power pop of Tuuli and the grittier elements of the Donnas. This is little surprise as drummer Jen Foster and vocalist/guitarist Dawn Mandarino were both members of the former ensemble. The speedy melodies and catchy hooks abound. The lyrics are cliché at times, which gets a bit annoying if you listen too hard, but the sound more than makes up for them. The cover of Skid Row's 18 and Life is cool, though vocalist Mandarino's vocals lack the viciousness found in the original. This might make it a turn off to fans of the original.
The Flairs is an enjoyable
listen. For those who love to escape musically with some grrrl power fueled
pop, check this one out.
by Lycan Davis
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