Quite some time ago I pre-purchased a big batch of records from the label La-Ti-Da. They were offering a discounted rate and I was pretty confident I'd like what I received considering that the label has done good by me over the years. I got a few full lengths last year and frankly, I kind of forgot about it. Then I received a box with eight 7"s in it the other day. A nice surprise and I'm currently making my way through them.
First up is The Flintettes. I'm not really familiar with them, but that's also one of the reasons I make purchases like this; to be surprised by new bands. On "The Choice Is Ours," The Flintettes are tapping into a slightly less new wavy version of The Cars. It has the sort of vocal inflections you'd expect from Ocasek, some decent guitar riffage and a couple of oddly placed, synthetic sounding handclaps.
On the B side we have 2 more songs. "Same Faces" is a faster tempo, straight ahead rocker. It still reminds me a lot of The Cars, particularly in the verse with its chugging guitar. The backing harmonies accentuate the chorus along with some punchy drumming. Next up is "To Hold You Close." It's a more laid back affair then the prior two songs with lots of 'ooohing' backing vocals . Nothing about this song really stands out. It's not bad or anything, but it quickly fades into background noise.
As a whole it's a decent enough 7". I don't love it and wouldn't say it's a must buy, but I do like some of the songs and might be worth picking up if you're grabbing some other records.
The Flitettes - The Choice Is Ours 7":