Artist: Exeter Flud
Label: Bulletproof Music
Length: 10 tracks/43:16
Exeter Flud, the latest offering from Bulletproof, is a solid debut
and a worthy addition to the label. They can best be described as moody
emo alterna-rock, with a hint of new wave thrown in at times. The full
guitars, though, are really what gives the band its >> flavorful sound.
The vocals are good also, always complimenting the guitars (and vice versa).
They are very similar to those of Bloomsday, so much so I checked to see
if it was the same singer. The songs are strong for the most part, but
they do tend to all sound the same after a couple of listens. There are,
however, enough stand-out tracks like "Passion and Hesitation" and "Under
Me" to keep things from becoming too monotonous. The overall production
is excellent, with the vocals mixed in well and the guitar tones coming
Lyrically, Exeter Flud has much in common with other mood-heavy
Christian bands like Bloomsday and Champion Birdwatchers. The lyrics for
the opening song, "Darling D," are quite interesting:
Time pushing against me
So, if you're into bands like Dear Ephesus, Champion Birdwatchers, Bumblepuppy,
and maybe Weezer, then you'll definitely want to give Exeter Flud a spin.
You probably won't be disappointed.
Through shadows always, always,
Time was nothing to fail you
To spread you, to open you
I'm breaking again
From all I've seen in the end
Oh, it is gone.
By Joe Rockstroh (9/19/98)