A true party-starter of a track, Scatterbrained. go for a gargantuan arena rock with the fiery “Flow”. Everything about the track demands attention from the nimble guitar licks to the infectious grooves that emerge ever so gracefully. Their jamming feels truly righteous as the whole band listens to each other resulting in some incredible interplay. Stylistically they draw from elements of funk, dance rock, and even pop. By allowing these many genres to blend together into a singular whole the entirety of the work has a raw intimate quality. Vocals sit front and center, for they are delivered with so much grit and raw passion. With a distinctly playful quality, their freewheeling cascading sound has a liberating spirit to it. Volume is an absolute must for this is a physical track, both in terms of the sheer sound and also in terms of the lyrical content, of its desire.
Influences abound throughout the whole of the piece. For their sheer attitude they draw upon early the Strokes, complete with an undeniable urgency and swagger. Their style too avoids heavy electronic adornment, instead going for that direct visceral classic rock revised sort of sound. Beyond this they additionally incorporate Weezer’s Blue Album into the mix, for the usage of the random snippets of conversation during a party becomes outright gorgeous, adding a little bit of poignancy into the proceedings.
Right in the very beginning they set the tone with those large, sprawling guitars. Virtually soaring up into the sky it conveys a sense of tremendous possibility. Even the lyrics state as much with “we don’t waste no time” which feels like the mantra for the entire track. They manage to pack an incredible punch into the sound. By letting the sound evolve at a fast pace, they incorporate a wide slew of movements into the song. Akin to a series of suites, they shift gears multiple times through. In spite of the almost six-minute length, it never feels that way. In fact, the song seems truly lean. Part of this is attribute to the colossal rhythm section. Drums and bass weave their way together in a celebratory way. Such a perfect anchor to the overall track, the rhythm section stuns with its subtle yet forceful way. Guitars rise above, with an exploration of space that feels outright majestic. For the final stretch of the piece, they opt for a communal quality as they completely and fully let loose.
Done with the greatest amount of ease, Scatterbrained. shows off a great deft skill on the powerful “Flow”.