I've seen a lot of bands over the last few days, and almost all of them have been quite good. There were a few out of town heavyweights, but the Bay Area bands I saw over the weekend reminded me how lucky I am to live here. I've been sitting on THE NEW FLESH demo for a few months, and watching them open the show last night (a show absolutely stacked with great bands) just reminded me how great it is. Brooding uptempo sounds that have more in common with late '80s indie/new wave acts (RED LORRY YELLOW LORRY, FOR AGAINST, or Escape alumni BÜLD and ZERO POINT) as with the early dark anarcho that more and more bands have been turning their ears towards. "Age Of Reason" is an absolutely perfect song, and that was the song that I had stuck in my head this morning - even though I had also seen RANK/XEROX reinvent post punk, SICKOIDS level the room and watched THE MOB deliver a near perfect set of life affirming music. Yeah, THE NEW FLESH are absolutely that good.