Fried Egg: The Incredible Flexible Egg 7" flexi
Debut three track disc from FRIED EGG, the latest and greatest hardcore punk offering from Central Virginia. This is a total punk smasher, with a sound rooted in golden era HC punk filtered through modern depression and alienation, executed in just a few minutes. The four brainfried individuals behind FRIED EGG have also done duty in CRETINS and ANIMAL PLANET so the playing here is no slouch -- tight, fast, and to-the-point. The composition of the these tracks shows a bit more depth as well, with screaming guitar leads and fuzzed, walking bass lines jumping out at you, reminiscent of recent groups like Brown Sugar and Wiccans. Have a taste of the EGG and see for yourself. Limited to 250 copies with artwork by Lumpy.
Our take: Man, this debut flexi from Richmond's Fried Egg is absolutely blistering... it's the best thing I've heard from this city in quite some time, and it's so good I barely even mind that it's a flexi (though, admittedly, flexi technology seems to have come a long way lately... this sounds just as good as any hard vinyl 7" I have as long as you get it to lay down perfectly flat on your turntable). While it's not hard to believe that Fried Egg are from Richmond, I feel like I hear a little bit of the Toxic State aesthetic creeping into the band's sound... they have a little bit of that Crazy Spirit-esque shuffle/swing to their rhythms as well as some of the interesting guitar-bass interplay of bands like Dawn of Humans or La Misma, but it's also very different from the New York bands (and their imitators / compatriots) in that it's very well-produced and much more straightforwardly hardcore. The sum total of all of those parts is just a perfect three-song hardcore record... if they can retain the power and energy of this recording on future releases this band is going to be huge. Highly recommended.
*Second press is black flexi with white sleeve