Drawing on influences found in the likes of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and The Who, British rockers The Bad Flowers soon showed a sound with its own distinct character after emerging in 2014. The West Midlands trio has continued to grow and earn a potent reputation for their rousing sound and equally spirited live presence. Ahead of a new EP, we had the pleasure to throw a few questions at the band who kindly revealed more about the emerging might of The Bad Flowers.
Hello all and thanks for sparing time to talk with us.
Can you first introduce the band and give us some background what brought you all together?
We are The Bad Flowers from Cannock; we have Tom Leighton on lead vocals and guitar, Dale Tonks on bass and backing vocals, and Karl Selickis on drums. The band came about from projects we were working on individually that ran their course, but we all came together when we were playing on the same bill and we kept in touch from there.
So The Bad Flowers is not your first outfits? How have previous endeavours impacted, if at all, on what you are doing now; in maybe inspiring a change of style or direction?
We have all been in bands before and have been playing for as long as we can remember. When we came together we found that we all wanted to follow the same direction and it worked really well for us, our focus is to play music that we enjoy, that we all have input into which we hope will bring something new to the industry whilst maintaining the influences of the music and bands that have inspired us.
What inspired the band name?
It was a lyric from a song of one our previous bands that we kept going back to, and when it came to us making a fresh start it just felt right.
Was there any specific idea behind the forming of the band and if so has it changed?
There was no specific idea it has just developed from what we enjoy playing and what we feel works well, and we are really grateful for the support we receive.
The drive to write great music and put on exciting live shows has always been there. The music itself has definitely developed as we have grown as artists, but we’ve always maintained the same sound.
Since your early days, how would you say your sound has evolved?
We take more time over each song; we want to make sure each element of the song is exactly how we want it to be. Before we debut a new song, we lay down hours of practice to ensure we’ve got it right.
Has any shift and movement in your sound been more organic or deliberate in wanting to try new things?
The movement has been organic. As we’ve grown up and gained more experience the sound has moved with us.
Presumably across the band there is a wide range of inspirations; are there any in particular which have impacted not only on the band’s music but your personal approach and ideas to creating and playing music?
There is no one in particular, but as individuals we all have different inspirations which when we write together gives us our sound.
Is there a general process to the band’s songwriting?
It usually happens by one us coming up with an idea and we jam it out during practice until we have a rough idea of where we want it go, then we take it away and work with it to make it tighter and it evolves from there.
How about lyrics? Where more often than not, where are they drawn from or inspired by?
The inspirations for our lyrics come from Tom; he is always thinking of lyrics at work or at home to put into the songs.
Can you give us some background to your latest release?
The next release is a four track EP which includes our most recent songs that are more powerful and slightly dirtier sound than what we have released before.
How about some insight into its themes and songs?
The songs are based on our experiences in the band and as individuals. There is a song based on a recent tour of Europe and we try to make the lyrics relatable and something people can connect with.
Are you a band which goes into the studio with songs pretty much in their final state or prefer to develop them as you record?
We get the songs to the point where are happy with them, we practice them over and over again before we go into the studio to record. There are often times where we may make a few tweaks when we hear the recorded version to better the song.
Tell us about the live side to the band, presumably the favourite aspect of the band?
We really enjoy playing live and we go out to put all of our effort in no matter where we play or who we are playing to. There is nothing better for us than seeing people enjoying our music and leaving with a smile on their face.
It is not easy for any new band to make an impact regionally let alone nationally and further afield. How have you found it your neck of the woods?
In the midlands there is a thriving scene for new music and there are great local venues that support the industry. After playing all over the country it is still great to come back and play sold out local shows.
How has the internet and social media impacted on the band to date?
We keep people updated on Social Media of up and coming gigs, any news we have and it’s also a great way to keep in touch with fans, as well as giving us a platform to promote ourselves to people who may not have heard of us before. Social Media is a great tool to use as long as it is used on the right respect.
Once again a big thanks for sharing time with us; anything you would like to add or reveal for the readers?
Thank you for taking the time to read our interview. Keep your eyes and ears pealed for the future and we hope to as you soon.
The Ringmaster Review 16/06/2016
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