Song review: White Flag
Band: Double Lined Minority
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Date of Release: 10th June 2014
Well, tie me down and fuck me with a razor coated broomstick dipped in citric acid. I remember when Double Lined Minority were pretty much just a Blink 182 cover band, but this is about as far from Blink as Pop-Punk gets. Also, I wasn’t kidding about the first part…Safe word is “muffins”. I love you.
So straight away, this kicks in with a much harder edge than what I would have normally associated with DLM. The filtered intro sounds wicked and when the full mix kicks in with an unexpected sub-drop you know you are in for a good time. I’m talking cocaine, hookers, gimp masks and enough nutella to completely cover a 60 year old woman’s body fun. Fuck yeah.
Talking about the individual elements in Pop-Punk is by and large entirely pointless, especially for a band as well-known and polished as DLM. You know the musicianship is going to be solid without blowing your mind and that isn’t at all the point of this genre anyway, so I’m not going to bore you with the details. What we will do instead is analyze the important parts of the song relevant to the genre. Sound good? No? Oh…ok then.
The only thing that really matters about this song is the hook. If it’s a good hook, everything else falls into place. If it’s a poor hook, no amount of polish in the world will render the song any more than a glorified nugget in the metaphorical toilet that is the Pop-Punk genre as a whole. I’m happy to report that the chorus is fucking mint. Seriously, these guys have an exceptional ear for a catchy melody. They ally it perfectly with a keen sense of what works in the context of a good Pop tune. Everything is exactly where it should be, including the bridge which is a bit of a melodic departure from the rest of the tune and even the false start to the final chorus which is straight out of the Paramore-a-la-misery-business handbook. Spot on.
So basically, you have a wonderfully crafted tune that ticks every box that it should. It sounds much more like The Offspring than Blink 182 which is a welcome change, but it doesn’t borrow so heavily that you sit there ticking off the plagiarised parts from various songs (unlike many, many songs that we get submitted). Probably the most exceptional thing about this song is that they’ve managed to totally avoid the standard chord structures that have been done to death and beyond by every Pop/Punk/Rock band ever (including these guys in their older material). Good job all around.
Overall IPHYB Rating: 8.5/10
Enjoyment Factor: 8/10
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Chris Giacca just may be the worst writer in the world, but it doesn't matter because he probably still has a bigger audience than you, so he is by default automatically right about everything. No exceptions. He's currently writing a novel which will be uploaded in single chapter installments as spoken word on bandcamp. Physical releases will be on laser disc only, limited to 17 1/2 units. Don't ask about the half.
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