"What happens when the continuity of self and the worlds you come to depend on shatter? We want to find new ways of navigating unaccepting and oppressive narratives. We're trying to explore new forms of resistance, where being yourself ceases to be a matter of reliability and instead leans into emerging, shifting, and unsustainable senses of self. These songs are about doubling down on this kind of discomfort. These songs are tools for acceptance -- for each other, for our ‘bad’ ways -- at any cost."
These are the words that Flasher -- a new DC band featuring Taylor Mulitz (Priests, Young Trynas), Emma Baker (Big Hush, Young Trynas) and Daniel Saperstein (Bless, Trouble) -- use to explain their debut, self-titled tape, out today in full on Sister Polygon Records. The cassette’s lead track “Tense” speaks to the energy that permeates this enormous collection of songs: criss-crossing vocals weave in and out of glistening post-punk that pushes and pulls, balancing moments of upfront, opposition with ominous dark-hued introspection.
"We're really proud of these songs, but this tape represents us just scratching at the surface of what feels like a deep and strange well of ideas we've discovered," Flasher tells us. "So far we haven't approached writing songs by pursuing a specific genre or style. We benefit from not having a concrete understanding of what Flasher is. The different sounds and textures that reveal themselves as Flasher-like are surprising every time. The task of bringing together (what can sometimes seem like) disparate styles into a cohesive vision is as daunting as it is exciting. Thinking with and through that sense of Difference (capital D) is central to our collaborations."
The band debuted the song "Erase Myself" via The Spark Mag last week, and now you can hear the whole tape in full.