For a band whose music so often celebrates the beauty in life’s most challenging moments, even Flawes have had their patience tested in 2020. The dynamic electronic pop trio started the year on a high by fulfilling a life-long ambition with the release of their debut album Highlights. But events would mean that their big plans for the rest of the year were dashed.
Instead they threw themselves into a flurry of activity. Writing and recording individually yet still collaboratively gave them a refreshed sonic identity, one such result being their new single Holding Out For The Win, which also happens to be the first track from their forthcoming EP, Reverie.
Andy Howells sets out to discover the Music DNA of Flawes by chatting to frontman, JC Carruthers, guitarist Freddie Edwards and drummer Josh “Huss” Hussey.
What was the first song that made an impact on you?
JC: I vividly remember being given a compilation album for my 11th birthday which had Trouble by Coldplay on it. I had been forced to play classical piano by my parents since the age of 6 and hated it. Listening to this piano lead pop song for the first time blew my little mind. Something clicked in my head and I haven’t looked back since.
What was the first single you bought?
Huss: Haha I’m so proud of this… the first ever single I bought was Lil Bow Wow – Bow Wow (That’s My Name) such a classic and I bought it on tape too! I actually found it again the other day, now all I need is my tape player and I’m set.
What was the first album you owned?
FE: Mine was a classic rock compilation album! I basically taught myself how to play guitar by figuring out each track one at a time. It took forever back then as you had to physically rewind the stereo over and over again to learn each part. It was worth the pain and effort!
What’s your constant go to track?
JC: According to my iTunes the most played song is Motorcycle Drive By by Third Eye Blind so I would have to say that. I love belting it out at home when no one is around.
What’s your constant go to album?
Huss: I think there’s definitely a few that I always go back to. But if I had to pick one, it’d be ‘Count Your Blessings’ by Bring Me The Horizon. I love that whole album so much!
It’s pretty heavy and it’s nice to see that band still killing it! Must be something in the Yorkshire air.
Who’s your latest music discovery?
FE: I’m a bit of a late comer here but I’ve only recently discovered HAIM! I’ve really enjoyed their latest album and think I’d definitely underrated them until now. Go and give it a listen if you’ve not already.
What’s your own track that best defines you as an artist?
JC: I think I would have to say our song Don’t Count Me Out on our debut album. It is based at a time when I was written off and treated unfairly and explains how I could have quite easily let that hurt me, roll over and give in. Instead I got back up and fought my way back to prove them wrong. There is a very strong positive and optimistic vibe with the three of us and within our music.