Here's what Rocket Fuel Podcast has to say about the Old Flings LP. Wow.
“90s-era Revelation Records meets Gin Blossoms meets Smashing Pumpkins meets Hum meets
Samiam” are the words that the Asheville, North Carolina band Old Flings use to describe their
band’s sound. After reading that I thought to myself, “is it possible that one band could have a
mix of so many different elements that I love and actually pull it off?” Well, this trio puts that
question to their test in their debut full-length, Spite. And let me just tell you that after listening
to the record dozens of times, the answer is unequivocally, yes.
Spite takes you on an emotional journey throughout its 11 tracks, while stopping along the way
at each musical landmark mentioned in their description. What is so unique about what Old
Flings have done with the songs on Spite is that they have effectively incorporated all of their
influences in each song without having songs dedicated to each influence, like this is the Samiam
song or this is the Gin Blossoms song. Throughout the entire record, I will hear something new
each time that highlights this. Whether it is the guitar work Merry Go Round sounding like
Samiam to the intro of Honest having a 90s college radio rock vibe to the bass intro on Grip
having that 90s Revelation Records sound, elements of all of these bands and styles of music that
I love are woven into each song and throughout the record. To me, the influence that shines the
brightest on Spite is Samiam. And let’s face it, if your main influence is Samiam, you are doing
Besides the spot on work by Jordan Luff on bass and Travis Hollifield on drums, what stands
out to me is the vocal work by singer/guitarist Matt Evans. His delivery throughout the record is
so breathy and effortless yet commanding. From top to bottom, I can’t remember the last time I
heard a debut record that drew me in and captured me quite like Old Fling’s Spite has.
On the Rocket Fuel gauge for albums, a zero being that the album is out of gas, a five being that
the tank is half full or average and a ten being that the album is full of gas and ready to blast
off, I give Spite by Old Flings a 9. There is not a single filler track on this young band’s debut
and if you like any or all of the band’s influences, you have to hear their unique and astounding
performance on this record."