FLAWES CHAT “BLANK DICE”, HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017 & CHRISTMAS PLANS 167

Having already performed at the likes of Radio 1’s Big Weekend and The Great Escape Festival, alt-pop trio Flawes already have an impressive number of fans and followers behind them. Now working on their debut album and with plans afoot for them to hit the road again in the near future, 2018 is looking bright for these young men. TITL caught up with them to talk latest track “Blank Dice”, dream venues and their plans for the festive period.

TITL: What would you say each of you bring to the group? What is it about your characters and personalities that makes you work so well with one another?

Freddie (guitar): I think we all share a certain level of motivation that is really important in the music industry. The fact that we get along on a personal level also helps and makes touring way more enjoyable. We’ve each spent years working on our abilities as musicians and songwriters which is hopefully evident in the music we make!

Josh C (vocals & keys): We all have such a varied tastes in music too so we all each bring something different to the table.

TITL: Which bands and artists would you say most influence Flawes’ sound? Is there any band or artist you might say you sound similar to or do you make a determined effort to purely be yourselves?

F: If we had to compare it to another band I think we have certain elements that are similar to bands like One Republic and Bastille but we always try to add something that you wouldn’t hear in other band’s music.

TITL: Is there a story behind your track “Blank Dice”? 

JC: The song is based on the idea/concept of luck. The idea that you ‘make your own luck’ and ‘the harder you work the luckier you get’. A blank dice = a dice – the worldwide symbol of luck – stripped of all the numbers. When you roll it nothing will happen, because you make your own luck.

TITL: Picking one each, I’d like you to tell me which songs you think are the greatest ever written. What is it about those songs that makes them so special?

JC: The Beatles – “Hey Jude.” I was super fortunate to win tickets to watch Live 8 at Hyde Park in 2005. I took the day off school and got the megabus to London. Paul McCartney played it right at the end of the day and invited all the acts back on stage to sing along with the 200,000 strong crowd. It was a moment I will never forget.

F: Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody.” An extremely hard question to answer! I remember being totally mesmerised by this song the first time I heard it. I’m still blown away by the creativity Queen had and their ability to take the listener on a journey.

Josh H: Bob Dylan – “Hurricane.” My dad used to play me this song all the time in his car when I was growing up. It’s an incredibly well written song that tells a dramatic, true story.

TITL: You’ve played some pretty impressive shows and to some huge crowds in the past year or so, having performed at The Great Escape Festival and on the Introducing Stage at Radio 1’s 1 Big Weekend. Do you have any favourite performances or highlights from your time on the road?

Flawes: Playing at Radio 1’s Big Weekend has to be the biggest highlight; that is something we will never forget. Also having the opportunity to go out to Los Angeles and record our album was a very ‘pinch yourself’ moment.

TITL: Will fans get to see you on stage again at some point in 2018?

JC: Most definitely, we’re hoping to spread our wings a little wider too and hit more of Europe and further afield.

TITL: If you could play any venue anywhere in the world, which would it be and why? 

F: The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Purely because of its location and the fact that so many iconic bands have played there.

JC: For me it would have to be The John Smith Stadium in Huddersfield. I’ve always had ‘Red Rocks’ in Colorado up there on the dream gig list too.

JH: There are so many, but if I had to pick my all-time dream venue I think it’d be playing at Madison Square Garden in New York. That would be incredible.

TITL: You’ve currently working on an album. Without giving too much away, what can you tell me about it and do you have a hopeful release date yet?

Flawes: The recording of the album has been a really special process. The songs reflect the journey we’ve been on musically as a band. We have songs that acknowledge our slightly more ambient down tempo beginnings and others that explore our current upbeat sound. The release date is still to be confirmed.

TITL: After such a successful and busy year, what are your plans for Christmas and New Year?

Flawes: We’re all heading home for some much needed R&R. Ready to hit 2018 full throttle.

TITL: Finally then, finish this sentence for me: 2018 will be Flawes’ year because…. 

Flawes: Our debut album will be released worldwide!

Check out “Blank Dice” below and for more information on Flawes, visit their website, give their page a like on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

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REVIEW: EMILY FAYE – ‘HERE I AM’ EP 39

Championed by Rolling Stone last year and named one of their ‘Ten New Country Artists You Need To Know’, Emily Faye’s passion for music stretches far beyond the short time she’s been in the spotlight as a star in her own right. Having gone from writing songs in her bedroom and studying at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute, she’s now released her debut EP called Here I Am.

Opening with “Open Road”, the collection gets off to a great and upbeat start, thanks to Faye’s soft, almost innocent vocal perfectly being perfectly paired with a toe-tapping country rhythm. “Giving In” is much slower, but maintains the EP’s focus on Faye’s vocal talents as she delivers the tracks’ strong, emotive lyrics that hold a a hint of defiance and rebellion in them.

“Game Over” is the kind of track that deserves to be played when listeners are taking a summer’s day drive with their friends. There’s an unmistakable ‘freedom and exploration’ vibe to the song – a perfect accompaniment to the upcoming summer break – that is sure to have the piece put on repeat.

Written about being comfortable with someone; a boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, or friend, who loves you for you, no matter what, there’s a reflective, deeply emotive and connective feel to closing number “Me For Me”, and as someone who has always struggled with self-confidence, the song reminded me that I have people in my life who wouldn’t and don’t want me to change who or how I am.

The EP as a whole has a very almost old-school, traditional feel to it, making it stand out from the many other releases of recent weeks and months that have focused more on the modern music styles which dominate the charts and the industry in general. The collection is a fantastic introduction to one of the hottest names in country music right now and will certainly have fans eager to see where Emily Faye goes and what she creates with her talent next.

EXCLUSIVE: STERLING INFINITY PREMIERES HIS NEW TRACK “#HYPNOTIZED” 58

Having first discovered his passion for song-writing and performing in gospel music, Sterling Infinity’s voice soon earned him attention from anyone fortunate enough to witness him on a stage and he quickly moved from performing in churches to playing historic and iconic venues such as Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall.

Now, here in 2018, Sterling has embraced his love of pop music and intertwined it with flashes of R&B and house styles, to create the persona and the sound that so many have come to know and love. With an empowering, captivating vocal prowess – a seemingly effortless range and a stunning rich vibrato – Sterling’s career continues to go from strength to strength as more and more music fans on both sides of the Atlantic discover his gift for themselves.

With comparisons to the likes of much loved and much missed icons including David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and Prince, Sterling Infinity is now set to launch himself further onto the global stage with the release of his self-titled deluxe edition album on July 20th. In the meantime, ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere his new and deeply hypnotic single “#Hypnotized (Pyramid Black Remix)”, about which Sterling says:

“When I wrote and arranged the track, I wanted to write something that was timeless and would never be dated – that people of the future would still love the beat and rhythm. For me, house music is timeless. This is synth-rock meets house.”

Give “#Hypnotized” a listen below and for more information on Sterling Infinity, visit his website, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.