MP3: "Mean to be Mean" by the Getback, Playing Free Sweat Records Show on Saturday

​Okay, I guess we know each other well enough so I won't lie. This week's agenda has had an angle, a Jose Flores-heavy angle leading up to the triumphant return to South Florida of one of our favorite punk and roll outfits, The Getback. This is no secret. You read, we promote, and the checks keep me drinking middle- to top-shelf. Everybody wins.

Earlier this week Crossfade featured an interview with Mr. Flores and in that same interview we debuted a video of the track "Mean to Be Mean." It was recorded this past fall inone take, like a well-oiled machine, with the lineup of Jose Flores (guitar/vocals), Gus Rod (guitar), Danny Palacios (bass), and Juan Manuel Rotulo (drums). 

Here they let some of their more straightforward rock influences (read: mellow Guns and Roses) dictate the path, so it might seem a little off-kilter for older fans. Still, the tongue-in-cheek, uh, cheekiness that made them dears to begin with is still there.

It's, in the end, a satisfying rock and roll song with little frills and sarcastic braggadocio. Good guitars make it easy on repeat. Don't forget that the band's in-store show at Sweat on Saturday is FREE. That's pretty fucking rock and roll if you ask me!

MP3: The Getback - "Mean to be Mean"

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