TRANSISTORS: Flux Pentaphile EP
By Tim Gruar
Transistors are a three-piece powerpop/punk outfit spawned from a first day hook up at Rangiora High. According to the hand-typed media sheet that’s ‘…near Christchurch in the South Island if you are struggling’. With an ethic they don’t give a monkey’s the liner notes highlight the story behind the EP: ‘On the 29th of August 2009 we sat on a bench for a few hours, carried a drum kit around town... ran the length of Queen St... recorded this... between 6.59 and 7.21pm... played a party with some scary girls....”. A productive 22 minutes indeed! The resulting efforts wanes between stock standard two minute onslaughts, a la early Beastie Boys’ punk (Details and Flux Pentaphile) to psychedelic strummers, reminiscent of the Violent Femmes (Reception to Porter). Despite the slacker ethic, I find these guys wanting for some decent production time. The sound is muddy, reedy thin. Somehow Bob Frisbee’s recording lacks the guts and soul these guys need to capture the sound of their live performance, which is a shame really. With a few more pennies in the bank they might just make it happen – keep at it guys.