The Districts “A Flourish and a Spoil” Album Review


The Districts
A Flourish and a Spoil
Album Review by Rob Watts

Upon my initial listening, I was fearful that I’d never get past the similarities between this album by The Districts and something I’ve heard in the past by The Black Keys. Were those fears ever groundless, as these four young men from Lititz, Pennsylvania have thrown down the gauntlet by producing a riveting collection of tracks geared towards the harshest of sound junkies.

From the opening track of “4th and Roebling”, where the steady thumping sets the tone, leading into “Peaches” and “Chlorine”, where the guitar hooks are offset beautifully with arpeggios, never allowing your ears to hear the lackluster, clichéd sounds of many bands of today. “Sing The Song,”, with its shimmery guitar riffs satisfies greatly, and “Bold” with its hard driving, high-grinding reverb could possibly be the strongest track on the album.

Although the band takes a minimalist approach in recording A Flourish and a Spoil, it’s solid Alt-Rock all the way. A little sloppy, a bit screechy—in other words, a wonderful batch of music.

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