Remember the '80's? Me neither. It seems like they were obsessed with pencil skirts, mullets and vulgar shirts, at least that's what Sam Flax's new video for 'Fire Doesn't Burn Itself' suggests. Its Garage-Pop-Psychedelia shimmers and grooves to the back drop of this homage to the decade, announcing his arrival with a certain degree of eccentricity. His debut album, Age Waves, out on The Sounds Of Sweet Nothing (Jewellers, ILLLS) in the UK, and Burger Records (Thee Oh Sees, OFF!) in the U.S., is set for release on 17th September.

Flax hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, exploring ideas of the avant-garde whilst remaining within pop parameters. 'Fire Doesn't Burn Itself', the lead track from the record, fuses both of these concepts into something vintage yet refreshing, post-vintage, if you will. The album was both self-recorded and self-produced by Flax himself, and if this first single is anything to go by it is far from a DIY-sounding effort.



  • 1. Fire Doesn't Burn Itself
  • 2. Child Of Glass
  • 3. Everybody Wants
  • 4. Almost Young
  • 5. Dark Water
  • 6. Crystal Death
  • 7. Another Day
  • 8. Further West
  • 9. Backwards Fire
  • 10. Homesick For Osaka