Demo is the debut release of Canterbury-based punk band Floods In Japan, and it is a rollercoaster ride from start to finish. Truthfully, I am a complete sucker for that classic rebellious sound, and the group have delivered it flawlessly on this record.
Opening with Tsunami 1994, we are launched headfirst into a crushing, breakneck song that demands your full attention. The guitar riff that begins the track and develops throughout is remarkable, with the different variations of it perfectly fitting and serving the piece as a whole. A running theme throughout the entire demo also starts here, with phenomenal drumming keeping the energy level through the roof. The vocals are also a massive high point and are beautifully executed and thrilling to listen to. And while the lyrics are pretty simplistic, they could not suit the song any better.
The next track, Hadouken, is in the same boat as Tsunami 1994. The guitar riffs maintain the song in the highest gear possible, while the vocals keep the listener thoroughly engaged throughout. This track also gives off a vibe that is similar to some of the best post-hardcore bands of the ’90s like Orchid or Pg. 99 and makes for a one-of-a-kind sound.
Finally, the last track, Trash King, is an exceptional ending to an absolutely gripping listen. Much of the same is present here again, with ingenious guitar riffage, but the solo is an excellent addition with tons of modulation and a screaming lead tone that sits perfectly in the song. As the last chord of the chorus rings out and fades into nothing, you’re left satisfied once more.
A remarkable start for Floods In Japan, Demo delivers some of the best high-octane, no-nonsense punk music that you can get your hands on. I was taken aback by the unique sound that the band have carved out for themselves, and I can’t wait to hear any future projects.
Demo is out now! I strongly recommend you give it a listen.