Blink 182 - Flyswatter
Fags In The Wilderness Records
Mark Hoppus - Bass, Vocals Tom DeLonge - Guitar, Vocals Scott Raynor - Drums
Now before I continue, I am reviewing the Flyswatter DEMO TAPE. I wasn't sure whether to put "Blink" or "Blink-182" as the thread title, as they were known as "Blink" back then, but no longer.
Mark. Tom. Scott. Long before the days of Blink-182, this is Blink. As soon as you put this on, it is clear that they did record this in the original Blink drummer's bedroom. The pruduction isn't to an high quality, and neither is the singing, but it sure is a catchy album. If you listen to this album, you think twice before you doubt Mark's bass playing. "Marlboro Man" for example has a bass riff that catches your attention and brings you closer to the music. It reminds me of a "jazz-type" song at the beginning because of the drums. "Time" starts out as a sort of ska song, and has ska parts throughout. Something I like. Ska.
The album has many solos, not MASSIVE solos, but small and effective solos. The lyrics are not the best written, but are still a pleasure to listen to. The guitar could have been better in places, but is still "trademark Blink-style".
Point Of View
This album, is not the greatest Blink album, but after all it is their demo tape. Just sitting here listening to this reminds me of my band and our practice sessions, as it will for anyone else.
I give this 3.5/5. A cool album, but could've been a little bit better.
Hey Im a pretty good bassist. Im no Matt Freeman, or Fat Mike, but hey Im pretty good. I can come up with rad basslines, but let me tell you, Blink-182 with "rad" basslines toattly screw it up. It just doesn't sound like blink anymore. Im sure Matt Freeman could probably pull it off, but like I stated eariler, Im no Matt Freeman.