At the rate that D.C. DIY bands form and split, one could be forgiven for not keeping up. So if you’re not hip to Flasher, here’s the gist: It’s a trio formed by members of Priests, Big Hush, Bless, Trouble and Young Trynas. And while the band is brand new, its sound dates back nearly 40 years — to late ’70s Manchester, the birthplace of Factory Records.
But Flasher isn’t trying to sound retro. In fact, the group hasn’t settled on a particular vibe yet, says bassist and co-vocalist Danny Saperstein.
Released April 8, Flasher’s debut EP “is exciting because it does feel a little all over the place, a little scattered,” says Saperstein (of Bless and Trouble). “That’s probably a product of us still figuring out our sound.”
This chaos is only sonic. Turns out, Flasher is a kind of fated trio.
“We’ve been best friends for a really long time,” says guitarist Taylor Mulitz (of Priests and Young Trynas). “We all work together, [drummer] Emma [Baker] and I live together.” Plus, “Danny’s at the house a lot,” Baker says.
That closeness translated well to Flasher. “Luckily, all of us have a really easy time doing music with each other, which I think is really kind of rare,” says Mulitz. “There’s just something about doing it naturally and never feeling stressful trying to write a song.”
Why another band, though?
“The two bands that I play in do such different stuff that it fulfills completely different things for me — even though I’m playing the same instrument… it feels completely different,” says Baker, who also plays in Big Hush. “It’s really helped me progress. If I was missing one of them, I wouldn’t be the same drummer that I am.”
While the three have basically been Flasher since the first time Saperstein joined Mulitz and Baker onstage — in August 2015 — the band is an infant at best. That’s made clear by something that, in 2016, seems uncommon.
“Up until a week ago,” Mulitz says, “we had no Internet presence whatsoever.”