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Flynn - 1985 Flynn [ep]

ALBUM: Flynn [ep]
LABEL: Shontod Music
YEAR: 1985


LINEUP: Mike Jensen - vocals * Sean Hanson - guitar, vocals * Evan Todd - guitar * Wes Mah - bass * Brian Reudy - keyboards, vocals * K.J.Hunter - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I'll Be Back * 02 Say You'll Stay * 03 Don't Walk Away * 04 Lonely Nights

California based six-piece Flynn should appeal to all those air keyboardists out there. With only a hard to find 4 track EP to show for their endeavour, this band were the westcoast equivalent of Dream Theater in my book (particularly the debut album era of 'When Dream And Day Unite'), though others have tended to compare Flynn to harder edged outfits, which is not a particularly accurate assessment. However, with the booming voice of Mike Jensen and guitar heroics of Evan Todd, perhaps another band to compare would be Departure, though they were nearly 10-15 years down the track after Flynn.

The Songs
Four songs, and all are pearlers, though each had their own identity. The first 'I'll Be Back' is preceded by some cascading keys from ivory master Brian Reudy before turning into a Crimson Glory meets debut era Dream Theater masterpiece. Reudy delivers some perfectly executed synth sequences on 'Say You'll Stay' before the guitar crunch widens up the road, superb stuff. Flynn slow things down for the power ballad 'Don't Walk Away', but still there's energy and excitement and an OTT guitar solo from Evan Todd. Finishing up with 'Lonely Nights', Flynn go for broke, leaving behind the dominant keyboard tendencies for pure guitar power in typical mid 80's hair metal style.

In Summary
It's a shame that Flynn could only manage an EP, leaving the listener thirst-quenching for more! I'm sure the heavy/hard rock scene is littered with many 3 or 4 track EP's that died on the vine with no further output from the band in question. What could've been.. oh well..

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#1 | super80boy on September 22 2015 01:56:27
I acquired this rare gem a couple years back but it was severely warped. In comes the trusty Vinyl Flat and 6 hours later we have a healthy piece of vinyl ready for maximum spinning. Flynn blow out of the gates with the standout scorcher 'Say You'll Stay'. Big time keyboard melodies take center stage with an emotive lead vocal in toe. 'Lonely Nights' burns it up with straight up guitar riffing, pounding drums and more of that impassioned vocal treatment. More helpings of keyboard hard rock round out the short four song set from these Santa Ana, CA boys. Absolutely left me yearning for more.
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