Flathead

Were these Tempe-based punkabilly legends simply whisked off the planet in 2005? Visit their flatheadaz.com Web site and you find nothing but dead links to six-year-old newspaper stories and a heartfelt plea from the band to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. (Coldly, they overlook that tragic business in Chicago with Mrs. O'Leary's cow.) Flathead's MySpace page isn't much less zombie-like. Tellingly, there's a mention of a "much-anticipated third album" slated for early '06 that never, in fact, came out. The one disc that frontman Greg Swanholm and company did release in the '00s (New Old Stock, 2005) was merely a compilation of their first two well-regarded albums: Flathead (1996) and Play the Good One (1999). Give either of those records even a cursory listen, and the secret behind the band's lasting appeal becomes thrillingly obvious. It's just flat-out catchy roots music, with a penumbra of punk experimentation that variously makes you think of X, Johnny Cash, and The Blasters. So, yay that Flathead is back from outer space. The question is: Who's gonna break the news about Haiti?

 
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Dave Brookhouser
Dave Brookhouser

OMG! I am sooooooooo disturbed by this article I don't know where to start. I hate to say this, but this is a perfect example of EXTREMELY lazy journalism.

First off ... Greg the leader of the band is HIGHLY accessible, just try messaging the band on MySpace and you're likely to get a response in hours not days. And had the author done only that he would have been able to write a very compelling article that would describe exactly why the band has/had been on a hiatus.

While on stage about a year ago or so Greg lost the feeling in one of his hands! This made it impossible for him to continue playing. Some how/some way, after time the feeling came back and they have been playing out and recording ever since. How is that for a compelling story!?

And how did I find this all out? I Fucking emailed the band on their MySpace page! Subsequently I meet him where I asked him actual questions (novel I know!). One of them was what were his influences ... and do you know how many cow-punk bands he mentioned ZERO! He grew up listening to country greats not The Reverend Horton Heat ... And although the punk rock scene welcomes roots bands that is not were Greg comes from.

The last sentence of this article is just plain rude.

 
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