Bristol, UK’s Call the Doctor lifted their name from Sleater-Kinney’s second album and the female-fronted band unabashedly reaches for their predecessor’s ferocious guitar rock. Their hard-hitting “Flaws” opens with a quick note of feedback and spins into jagged guitar riffs and muscular percussion, with singer Patti Aberhart smearing her vocals across the fast-paced cut. The song clocks in at only three minutes and the four-piece leaves little room in between their spiky instrumentals; there’s even less space between the vocals when Aberhart sings over her male band member’s spoken chant, mid-way through. Entering the song like her conscience, he sings, “Get to the real world. You’re such a dreamer girl. No time for self-infliction. You’re such a contradiction.” It’s a bright moment, that’s perhaps delivered tongue-in-cheek, but its sentiment is one that we all could benefit from hearing, every so often.
“Flaws” comes from the band’s forthcoming album Hands Will Shake, due out this July.Call the Doctor - Flaws