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Heavy music and pained lyrics go together like cake and ice cream, and Belton, Texas quintet, Flyleaf, aren't about tobreakwith tradition.But while many loud rockers reopen old wounds by singing about their broken homes and broken hearts,Flyleafconfront past traumas toheal old scars and prove in the process that hope shines brighter than despair."I used to be ina reallynegative band, and that seemed to almost fuel my emptiness because that's what the songs were about,"sayscharismaticsinger Lacey Mosley. "That's why I think what we're doing is important because there needs to be somethingheavy ...read more
Heavy music and pained lyrics go together like cake and ice cream, and Belton, Texas quintet, Flyleaf, aren't about tobreakwith tradition.But while many loud rockers reopen old wounds by singing about their broken homes and broken hearts,Flyleafconfront past traumas toheal old scars and prove in the process that hope shines brighter than despair."I used to be ina reallynegative band, and that seemed to almost fuel my emptiness because that's what the songs were about,"sayscharismaticsinger Lacey Mosley. "That's why I think what we're doing is important because there needs to be somethingheavy outtherethat has a positive message so people see that it's possible to get through the worst situations."
Flyleaf's self-titled debut album echoes with songs about abuse, neglect, addiction, and dysfunction, and messagesaboutovercomingadversity. And the band's wide array of brooding beats, atmospheric textures and lunging riffs complimentMosley'semotionally revealinglyrics, which range from breathy and beautiful to scathing and aggressive.
"I'm So Sick," starts with a moody bass line throbbing over a haunting ethereal vocal before guitars crash in like a rockthrougha plate-glass window. The track see-saws between rage and reflection, guitarists Sameer Bhattacharya and JaredHartmannproviding texturalflourishes and atmospheric touches that bridge the emotional shifts. "Cassie" layers stop-startguitars atop anurgent backbeat and buildsto an exultant chorus. "All Around You" augments a wall of power chords withevocative jazzy licksand "Fully Alive" is a cinematic numberwith angry muted riffs that segue into another glorious refrain.
Flyleaf's infectiously heavy positivism is all the more surprising considering Mosley's struggles while growing up. "My mom wasayoungsingle mother of six," she explains. "We didn't have money and things were hard for all of us. We moved wheneverwecouldn't make endsmeet in one place, and that happened pretty often so there was a lot of struggling, suffering, andcharacterbuilding."
"It's easy to get depressed when you're dealing with that kind of stress," she continues, "especially when it looks like thingswillnever getbetter. There was nothing constant in my life, and nothing to believe in. I got into some really bad stuff that Ithoughtwould make me feelmore loved, or maybe just numb, but it cost me everything that was important to me, and literallyalmosttook my life."
When you take a dive, sometimes you have to hit the bottom before you can swim your way back to the top. For Mosley,writingsongs aboutsurvival helped her reach the surface and breathe again. "I had to lose everything to look up and see thatthere is atruly constant hope of ahappy ending and that's what we make music for," she says. "If my music helps one person,than it'sworth having been through what I'veexperienced."
Five years ago, Mosley started playing music with drummer James Culpepper. The two joined up with BhattacharyaandHartmann, who werein a local band that had just split up. "Our first practice together was awesome," Mosley says."Sameer andJared are really experimentalwith melodies and pedals, and we all had different influences that were all blendingtogether withthe same passionate and hopeful heart, andthat brought out this beautiful feeling. It was magical." Bassist PatSeals joined in2002. "The doors were open and I just happened to walkthrough at the right time," Seals says.
Flyleaf played anywhere they could slowly but consistently increased their fan base with local bands and national actslikeRiddlin Kids,Bowling For Soup, Fishbone, and Evanescence. Eventually they landed a show at Austin's legendary annualmusicconvention South bySouthwest in 2003. Although their set started at the un-rock -n' roll time of 5 p.m., they rockedthe house,which lead to a showcase forvarious labels. After many meetings and much deliberation, Flyleaf signed withOctone.
In early 2005 the band's self-titled debut EP-- produced by Rick Parasher (Pearl Jam, Blind Melon) and Brad Cook (FooFighters,QueensOf The Stone Age)--was released and listeners got a taste of the band's poignant song craft through trackslike "BreatheToday," "Cassie,"and "I'm Sorry" (which also appear on Flyleaf's full-length). To support the EP, Flyleaf touredwith Saliva,Breaking Benjamin, 3 Doors Down,Staind. and Trust Company. Though many of the audiences had no idea whoFlyleaf werewhen they started playing, every night their spiritedperformances earned them new fans.
"We think about where we started and where we are and realize, 'Wow, we are playing in front of 1000 people tonight.'Andthen we just can'tbe thankful enough to those bands who gave us a chance to play with them, even though we are sortofnobodies."
In spring 2005, Flyleaf recorded their full-length debut with acclaimed producer Howard Benson, who has previouslyworkedwith PapaRoach, My Chemical Romance, P.O.D., and All American Rejects. Flyleaf stayed in Los Angeles for twomonths andworked on more than 20songs with Benson at Bay 7 Studios. Together they decided on 12 of them to arrange,fine tune, andshape so they best reflected the group'spowerful messages and experiences.
"He really took an interest in what we had to say and helped put all the parts in the right places," Mosley says. "We weresoused torecording with our friends and finishing whole EPs in a few hours. So it was great to spend two months withHowardhaving this surrealprofessional experience in every part of the process."
"A flyleaf is the blank page at the front of a book," explains Mosley. "It's the dedication page, the place you write a messagetosomeoneyou're giving a book to. And, that's kind of what our songs are: personal messages that provide a few momentsofclarity before the storybegins."
With their tight-knit chemistry, compassionate approach ,and songs that haunt the mind hours after they've stoppedplaying,Flyleaf areturning heads and leaving crowds wanting more. Indeed, their story has just begun.Written by RecordLabelFrom:http://music.yahoo.com/ « hide
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