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Fight With Flash


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"I'm Only A Tiny Bit Biased"

It's really rare to find a CD early in a band's career that has songs that sound, well, different from each other. Most first releases don't take chances and every song sounds exactly the same. Luckily, Fight with Flash makes sure to steer clear of that by making every track on The Man, The Lion, The Ox, The Eagle distinctly different and interesting. Consistent rocking guitar riffs? Check. Harmonies that make you want to sing along? Check. Balanced, Constantly-building melodies? Check. Overall, this one gets a lot of play in my iTunes, and that's saying something. Oh, and ps, don't forget to listen to Easier Than This... all the way to the end. Trust me. - Kelsey Manning

"Album Review"

Reviewed by: Gregory Robson (01/15/10)
Fight With Flash - Fight With Flash
Record Label: Self-released
Release Date: Dec. 16, 2009

There's nothing summery or buoyant about the seven song EP from the Kingwood, Texas band Fight with Flash. In fact, much of the effort is dense, moody and somber. And yet despite this, the quartet has crafted one of the more surprising albums that has kept across this desk in the past few months.

Vocalist Ryan McGill's yelpy vocals shift and sway between morose mumblings and panged desperation, but does so in such a way that's endearing and familiar. The percussive and probing drumming of Sam Hodek anchors much of the foundation here, but caustic lines such as, "And I'm always hurting your friends, even though you're no different from them," from the jittery cut "Room," certainly bolster the group's status as something formidable. Certainly it's easy to craft an album that digs deep lyrically, but comes up short sonically. Fight With Flash does neither of those things, in the end though, the introspection makes all the difference.

Whether he's being candid with a lover - or finding inspiration from his mother's strength, "And I don't know why I didn't notice, the wrinkled eyes, the wilted roses. No I don't know why I didn't notice, that my Mom's heart, it blooms the boldest," off of second track "Paper Stems," there is tarnished hope and frailty in almost every word uttered.

Conveying that sense of brokenness and desperation is often difficult, but the four Texans in Fight with Flash seem to pull it off effortlessly. There are many songwriters who could utter the line, "I Just want to write the right way, is there a right way," like he does in "Great Chicago," and have it come across as cookie-cutter and dull. Yet the simplicity and the subtlety at work here is not to be ignored.

These aren't grandiose and verbose claims. It's just simple, unadulterated musings. And when it sounds this good, it's far too hard to pass up. With four EPs released in just under three years, the band is also prolific. These trait should certainly serve them well going forward. -


Self Titled EP (Dec 2009)

Houston In Lights Compilation (1000+ copies freely distributed among the Houston area)

Fight With Flash currently has music being streamed on the Kingwood radio station.

There is also a music video of our song "room" done acoustically, streaming on



They say it takes 100,000 hours of practice to become a well-versed musical genius and if it proves true, Fight With Flash is well on their way. Forming in high school in a small Texas suburb, the four musicians struck up a few chords and have been refining those notes ever since, driven by an insatiable passion for making music. Balancing growing up with playing concerts, Ryan, George, Josh and Sam have all contributed heavily since day one. Varying venues constantly filled their schedules and with each new performance came an unmatched excitement and improvement. From the start, everyone has carried their weight, and still today, the band matches each other's energy whether they're acoustically strumming on a park bench to passers-by or filling a stage with walls of sound.

Despite starting younger, music is not something they take lightly, rack up to natural talent, or shrug off. They all work hard to make their music bigger; make it something that rings true. Fortunately, they don't have to be shooting up heroin in a dark alley to find that perfect lyric and instead of diva-like complaining to the crowd, they use every single minute of the set time alloted to them to truly play something that lasts. Fight with Flash is different than most bar-hopping acts- there's no image to portray, no costumes or fidgeting, just well-executed music that isn't able to be simply identified with one label, genre, or comparison. There's no need to steal anyone else's sound or thunder to make it big- they play because they genuinely love doing so and are always grateful for the experience.

Thanks to this, their songs consistently sound more complex and live shows only progress tighter. Fight With Flash reworks old arrangements, never satisfied with simply trying to bank off of old success, but finely tuning every part of the arrangements and the band until it works the best. As for downtime? Being lazy is a concept they just haven't mastered. Even when they're not holding instruments, they're eager to hear new music, constantly consuming new albums and drawing inspiration from so many sources. There's always something buzzing around- a new riff, a new lyric, and a new connection made with an ever-growing fan-base.

But, at the end of the day, the size of the audience never matters. It's never about number of tickets sold or winning any Battle Of the Bands, but simply sharing what they love and do well with anyone who will listen. And when you listen, you'll hear it. That passion for more than just a catchy melody, that passion for something real that sticks with you and rattles your guts in the best possible way-- that's what they're after and what they accomplish thoroughly. After all, you really should book them for a show, they're only about 3 hours away from becoming musical geniuses.