"Damn You & Damn Me, Too" represents the first mature collection of songs from The Flips, and indie rock band from Chicago's south side. Though the members draw from different musical influences, they come together to produce a sound that drifts from lullaby atmospherics to heavy, fuzzy rock, often within the same song. DYADMT speaks with a gritty eloquence: overdriven guitars mix with dreamy synthesizers, as frontman Nick Sintos delivers the poignant and pointed lyrics in a voice that ranges from a razor-throated roar to a delicate plea.
As Sintos explains, the songs were conceived during "rough patches in [his] life. We lost some people very close to us, and it put a strain on my relationship not only with my friends and family, but also strained my relationship with God […] These songs serve as a storytelling device for the things I was going through in a very general, yet introspective way."
For such personal songwriting, the product is greatly accessible and dynamic. The muscular guitar riffs and chaotic drums of "I'm Still" flow into a barely restrained coda, while the bitterly pleading "I Believe" prefaces the haunted longing of "There I Shook." With a sound that's even bigger and more powerful live, The Flips are proving that they can engage an audience on a deeply personal level, while still maintaining an alt-rock aesthetic. Their collective heart bleeds into the sound, because that is the only way The Flips know how to play.