Protect Yourself is the new EP from Manchester punks Flat Back Four, their seventh release since they formed in 2004. It is an energetic delight, skilfully combining punk and metal influences to great effect. With accomplished arrangements, thoughtful lyrics and big hooks, this band knows its business inside out.
Better Days (Part II) opens the disk at a prodigious pace, followed by the powerful Reach for the Sky, showing a flair for blending power with harmony. The Return of the Native laces pace with literary passion, before Put the Kettle On, Baldrick, pays energetic tribute to a worthy hero. Hearts and Minds closes the show in epic fashion, showcasing Flat Back Four at their best.