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Classic Album Review: 1208 | Turn Of The Screw

The nephew of Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn joins the family business.

This came out in 2004 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


For most kids, punk rock is rebellion. For Alex Flynn, it’s the family business.

The 1208 singer is the nephew of Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn and punk artist Raymond Pettibon, whose work graces many Flag albums. But so much for genetics — anyone expecting to hear some second-generation Flag waving on 1208’s sophomore album had better think again. Despite their famous forebears, Flynn and co. often sound more like the offspring of … well, The Offspring on Turn Of The Screw. That may be the biggest surprise on this 14-song set. The rest of it is fairly predictable — the buzzsaw guitars that chug and churn, the four-on-the-floor drums that solidly pound along, the anthemic melodies, the shout-along choruses, the whoa-ho harmonies and “Hey!” interjections, the singer who yelps and yowls. Granted, it’s solidly constructed and competently executed fare that smarly rides the fence between pop-punk and emo (with the occasional dash of metal thrown in for good measure). But it’s still hard not to wish Alex took after his uncles a bit more.