Happy 2022 everybody! Did anyone else think we may not make it? Well, here we are for better or for worse. I’ll be honest, the fact that every time I look at my show calendar, the amount of cancellations and postponements I’m seeing has me a bit nervous but I will not let that consume my life. Instead, I’m going to start my new year off right by burying my ears into this giant stack of music that has been sitting on my desk for months starting with Flush’s quick four-song EP, ‘Conspiracies, Threats and Chaos’.

“Kings and Queens” kicks off with a fuzzy bassline that instantly drew me into the world that is Flush. Garage rock through and through with a perfectly unpolished vibe, this opening track absolutely introduces you to the world of Flush in a perfect way. It’s gritty, the vocals are a bit shaky yet everything about it works so perfectly. There’s a little grungey 90’s vibe hidden in the overall power of this opening track that my heart instinctively latched onto. One of the many things that instantly stood out to me about this first song is the amount of restraint the band shows. Sure,, this track is energetic and powerful but the band takes breaks when it makes sense and never loses control of the beat or power and I love that.

Second up on this EP is “Weak and Wrong” which, although the shortest track on this quick EP, was instantly a favorite of mine. A fast and punchy punk song with a strong political message, I was instantly reminded of all of my years listening to bands like Bad Religion and Anti-Flag while having the feeling of being introduced to something completely new. Even though this track definitely has a strong punk influence, there’s still something just a little gritty and grungey about the delivery of the song that only Flush could do and I loved that spin on this truly anthemic track. That punchiness continues into “Cut Me Open” but in a completely different style. Much more laid back and subdued, this third track definitely shows you a different side of Flush that is just as addicting as their energetic and grungey side. With no shortage of emotion with every single passing word of this track, I found this song to be ridiculously mesmerizing to the point where even though three minutes long, I was left with very few words as I had found myself just completely lost in this song.

“Entertainment” closes out this quick EP and is actually the first song from Flush that I had ever heard. This is the song that had me intrigued by this band’s sound and although it had been months since I heard it last, I instantly remembered why I was so intrigued and needed to hear more. Another fun and punchy song, this one takes Flush’s distinct grunge and grit while blending it with a super infectious and boppy pop-punk vibe. This track is definitely a feel-good track and had me smiling from ear to ear by the time it faded out and left me in the silence of my house.

From grit to tender and from power to anthemic– Flush does it all and they do it all so perfectly. This EP is under twelve minutes long so you really have no excuse to not check it out. Seriously.

My Favorite Track(s): “Weak and Wrong”

For Fans Of: 90’s Undertones; Gritty Garage Rock Vibes

Mosh-ability: 6 out of 10

What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie snacked on his breakfast; Autumn slept upstairs

How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 7 out of 10

My Overall Rating: 8 out of 10

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