By Nick Manduley

January 10, 2021

South Jersey punk trio Twin Flame independently released their debut EP Nostalgia Trip on January 6th. The band recently formed during the summer of 2020, and while concerts will likely not return until at least the end of this year, the pandemic has not stalled the new band’s creative process.

Clocking in at around ten minutes, Nostalgia Trip packs cheeky pop-punk progressions, chill indie riffage, and memorable vocal melodies into a neat little post-New Year’s present. The release starts with the biting chord progression of “7:50,” which hooks the listener in with a more raw pop-punk sound reminiscent of classic punk acts. The catchiness of the chorus sung by guitarist/frontwoman Fiona Sheridan cements this song as the perfect start to their debut release.

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The album pushes onward with “Time Crunch,” which kicks off with bassist Tori Colucci’s dirty-toned strumming clicking against the backdrop of drummer Brielyn Stoll’s upbeat punk stylings. The song ends on an explosive chord vamp before the chill riffage of “Last Year” invades the soundscape. The track fills out with twinkling lead guitar and ride-driven beat that I dare say treads lightly into surf-punk territory.

Nostalgia Trip draws to a close with the brief track “Future,” which fuses classic punk chord progressions with pop vocal melodies. The chorus takes flight with Sheridan’s shimmering harmonies, with the song coming to an end after another go-around of the verse and chorus.

Nostalgia Trip is a promising entry into the realm of local New Jersey punk; these tracks are poised to please DIY-show crowds far-and-wide once shows become safe again. Nostalgia Trip initially premiered on Twin Flame’s bandcamp and soundcloud pages, and are set to hit streaming services within the week.

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Nick Manduley is an aspiring music journalist and musician from Bradley Beach, NJ. He is currently an intern at Relix Magazine where he helps produce and curate online content. Since 2016, he has provided guitars and vocals for the local punk band Drive, Kid. Drive, Kid released an EP and a full-length album in 2018, and are currently recording their sophomore LP.

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