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!