"Outta My Way" (Trauma)

Reviewed by the R. Scott Bolton

I don't know if The Flys are trying to be punk rock, stoner rock or The Knack-like alternative rock. Usually, a band's variety in sound isn't a problem. With The Flys, however, you find yourself rocking out to one track and then coming to a screeching halt on the next. It's disconcerting, and the overall effect diminishes as the CD continues to play.

That being said, I was surprised at how close to grabbing my attention this record almost came. With its striking chords and, for the most part, riveting paces, I was almost hooked. The Axl Rose-like chorus of "Helluva Time" almost had me.

But almost doesn't quite cut it, and - by the time the CD reached its final track for the second time - the tracks had all blurred together in one messy mish-mash of rock'n'roll. In other words, there's nothing here to write home about. It won't hurt you to listen to "Outta My Way" but it won't change your life, either.

Another culprit here may be the CD's production, which is stiff and surprisingly sterile. 

That and how can you take any CD with liner notes thanking Jim J. Bullock seriously?

The Flys: Adam Paskowitz - vocals; Peter Perdichizzi - guitars; James Book - bass; Jack Holder & Nicky Lucero - drums.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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