The Flat Stanleys
The Flat Stanleys
- not a real band(‽) you decide: https://t.co/jpuGbmrOdj…if u want a band that sounds good go to the other ones.
- Baltimore County, MD
Hello! I really liked the song. The track has a nice flow to it and everything fits well together. The only thing I would change about it is the phone messages included in the song. I felt that having these in there were a distraction when listening to the music, particularly since I could not hear them well, and it was taking away from the tune's overall sound.
On "One Sided Fist Fight" by the Flat Stanleys, the group lay down four minutes of xylophone-tinged plain-spoken indie rock that recalls early 21 Pilots, with voice mail female co-lead vocals thrown in for good measure. At times sounding like turn of the century indie rock in the spirit of the Unicorns, the Flat Stanleys have tapped into a sound that is just old enough to conjure up feelings of nostalgia, which on the verge of 2017 isn't necessarily a bad thing. Minimalism in the songwriting and arranging department serve as this song's strong suit, as every instrument is given room to breathe without every feeling cluttered or busy. Overall a very strong outing by this otherwise up-and-coming outfit.
Really nicely put together overall - I like the variety in panning of the vocals and the lead vocal performance particularly. Either the drums are too quiet in the mix or there's little more than a tambourine for percussion - I can't quite tell. It doesn't hurt the song much, although it does perhaps reduce the overall interest level as the song goes one. About 2/3 through it felt like the song hadn't really evolved at all from the start and variety in drumming could help with that. As it has a lo-fi feel, that's not a massive problem but perhaps think about how to vary the arrangement to keep even casual listeners hooked.
There are the bones of something interesting here, but the recording/production isn't nearly at the level it needs to be for it to be taken seriously. You need a proper studio with an experienced producer who understands how to best capture what you're about. He/she will also help with the arrangement, mix and performance. And if you want radio to consider it, you'll need a different title. Again, you're onto something here, but it still has a long, long way to go before it could be considered a viable demo.