Flowers in Flames is a captivating, swirling, spark of energy that contains elements of Goth, PostPunk,and Psychedelia. Comprised of former and current members of seminal Cleveland & Akron bands.
The band members combine their special talents and tastes to create a sound that has never quite been heard before. While a relatively new band, Flowers In Flames has played live shows at the Phantasy Nite Club, Pats In The Flats,The Cleveland Matinee, Grog Shop, Beachland Tavern, The Symposium, Now Thats Class, Wruw-91.1 FM Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio; The Lime Spider and The Matinee in Akron,Thursday's Lounge and The Musica in Akron Ohio; and shows in Louisville Kentucky and various other venues to date. Flowers In Flames has opened for such prominent artists as Pop Culture Suicide (featuring Zim Zum ex-guitarist for Marilyn Manson), Mission Of Burma and Martin Atkins fo P.I.L., Killing Joke & Pigface fame. The band's self titled debut CD contains 10 all original tracks of sonic bliss. The illustrious Todd Tobias (of Guided by Voices fame) mixed the tracks at Waterloo Studios in Kent, Ohio.
Flowers In Flames is currently featured in heralded music critic Mick Mercer's new book " Music To Die For." This is Mick Mercers fifth publication on the music scene in print.
Mick Mercer CD Review 1/27/10 on Mick Mercer's Live Journal
When the press release revealed members of this band had come from previously well known bands within the Akron and Cleveland area I suddenly thought of Jane Aire’s ‘Yankee Wheels’, which is never a bad thing. Similarly this record, for a debut, is strikingly imaginative, colourful, energetic and at times a melodic emetic when things get gritty. The band admits to fusing Gothic, Post-Punk and Psychedelic elements, although the psychedelic side of things mainly revolves around the guitar having a kind rosy feel in place of Goth prickliness, and there being a touch of the rock chickery about Cynthia’s vocals at times, as though channelling a young Stevie Nicks, or de-wracked Janis Joplin. They themselves cannot refute the influence of the Velvets, Bowie, The Cure or Bauhaus, and you can hear many other bands in there too, but the result is very much of their own making, which is no mean achievement. To mash together what they wanted, strain out the grot and leave us with pure, bitter delight is a recipe for intrigue, as you can soon imagine you’ve been listening to these songs for years. Maybe those in Ohio already know of David Chavez, Cynthia Dimitroff, Mary Plazo and John Lee. If not they, and everybody else, really should get acquainted.
‘Introspection’ is a wonderful opener, with stratospheric, nerve jangling guitar and morosely marching bass countered by the graceful and at times feathery vocals, with a richly flowing melodic incline. ‘Shadows And Darkness’ opts for the furiously spindly early Christian Death guitar style and bustling male vocals, but keeps things springily open and involving, ‘Third Wave’ is languid indie buffed and polished by subtle guitar with the nervous ‘Terrify Sin’ running like The Cure channelling Christian Death, in an earthy and occasionally capricious manner.
‘All The Glitter’ is a tough post-punk joust, with ‘Last Days’ dropping right out of Bowie’s nose, all hunky dory. The surprise for me came with ‘Cursed With A Flame’ that had a stark, rolling style reminiscent of Breaking Circus an off kilter indie/post-punk style you rarely hear, vocals almost rhythmically repetitive, guitar struggling like it has a phobia. ‘Vesper’ does an eager freefall punky rocky tumble, and stays treat fun with its wiry guitar grip. Is ‘Golden Town’ a bit Pink Floydy to begin with? I’m not well versed in them enough to say but it’ something old, delivered in a classic style, exuding confidence and obscenely catchy. Reverting back to tense post-punk guile ‘Stare At The Stars’ sees us out with, strangely, their least insistent song but it’s too late by then as you’ve been hugely impressed.
The only thing you can really say by way of criticism is that it could all open out more next time they have something produced, to let the individual elements really shine, but as a whole it’s brilliant.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Flowers In Flames CD Review/The BigTakeover/NYC
"From Ohio comes a post-punk melange of dark psychedelia and goth rock pulsing with tribal rhythms and dripping with reverb. "Shadows and Darkness" and "All The Glitter" have the spastic creeping specs of Christian Death and the rich, textured guitars of The Chameleons, while "Introspection" skates across the icier side of funk. There is compelling material to be mined here."
-Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover (Issue 64, May 2009)
The Big Takeover .Com
Flowers in Flames – s/t (self-released)
by Michael Toland
14 March 2009
FLOWERS IN FLAMES may hail from Ohio in the ‘aughts, but its members’ hearts lie in England in the 80s. Jagged, postpunk rhythms meet shimmering guitars and atmospheric keyboards in chord progressions that move logically but never quite seem to resolve. The forceful vocal thrust of guitarist DAVID CHAVEZ contrasts with the more sonorous tones of keyboardist CYNTHIA DIMITROFF, giving the proceedings a he said/she said timbre. The CHAMELEONS, JOY DIVISON and WIRE are touchstones, but not in glaringly obvious ways. Everything swims in a sea of reverb. Tense ditties like “All the Glitter” sound like BERLIN if that band had actually had any original ideas; “Introspection” and “Last Days” come off like a shoegazer SIOUXIE AND THE BANSHEES. There’s an aura of gloom infecting what might otherwise be upbeat melodies, as if we’re witnessing a constant war between the forces of light and darkness. So many bands that take inspiration from the 80s underground seem to just borrow the shallowest, most radio-friendly characteristics of the period. Flowers in Flames, as their name might suggest, really take the harsh/soothing, claws/caresses, yin/yang aspects to heart, resulting in an album more interesting and engaging than any A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS wannabe could ever possibly make. Bravo.
Filed under post-punk indie-rock
" They're refreshing and not cliche'. Flowers In Flames are a new four piece hailing from Northeast Ohio and playing music that, quite frankly isn't heard too often these days."
Justin Kyer Skyscraper Magazine (Chicago)
"The music is something fresh and new,a break from the endless stream of local bands cranking out carbon copies of each other." Alexes Spencer, Cauldron staff writer, Cleveland State University
" Songs such as Introspection recall Siouxsie Sioux..and on Last Days it reaches back further into Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie." Malcolm X' Abram, Akron Beacon Journal
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Guts of Darkness Review/Switzerland
Bon, Nastrond je découvre avec ce disque alors que le duo semble avoir une discographie conséquente... Lire la suite...
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* 2008 - Autoproduction (1 cd)
10 titres - 37:30 min
* 1/ Introspection
* 2/ Shadows and darkness
* 3/ Third wave
* 4/ Terrify sin
* 5/ All the glitter
* 6/ Last days
* 7/ Cursed with a flame
* 8/ Vesper
* 9/ Golden town
* 10/ Stare at the stars
Waterloo Studios, Kent, Ohio, USA
David Chavez (chant, guitare, claviers), Cynthia Dimitroff (chant, claviers, guitare), Mary Plazo (basse), John Lee (batterie)
'Introspection'débute de manière naturelle et fluide, un peu dans la lignée deMephisto Walz, avec vocaux féminins profonds sur lit de guitaresdeathrock, quelque chose de sombre mais également apaisant, nocturnedirais-je, dans le feeling. L'impression de tranquillité se brisesoudain sur l'éclatement du riff efficace et jouissif de 'Shadows anddarkness' et les beats plus rapides; Flowers in flames s'annonce donccomme un bon groupe de deathrock, digne héritier de Christian Death etconsort...En réalité, les choses ne sont pas si simples, 'Third wave'qui m'évoque une version sombre de Sonny and Cher vient brouiller lescartes; il y a quelque chose de presque schizophrène dans ce disque.Nos Américains vont en effet s'amuser à un continuel jeu de cache-cacheentre des chansons purement deathrock ('Terrify sin', les bons 'All theglitter', 'Cursed with a flame',...) et d'autres plus tranquilles,détachées, décadentes, évoquant très fortement l'esprit de David Bowie('Last days', 'Golden town'), tant dans les orchestrations que lesvocaux. Le mélange n'est pas aussi contre-nature qu'il pourrait yparaître et donne son originalité au disque. Globalement, les titressont efficaces, le groupe a un bon sens de la mélodie et fait leschoses à sa manière, même si les influences sont évidentes. Qui plusest, la production assez directe, pas trop lisse, ajoute au charmeselon moi. Hélas un peu court, ce premier essai est prometteur etplutôt séduisant dans ses jeux de nuances entre noirceur totale et deséclats plus mélancoliques, voir presque apaisés. (mardi 13 janvier 2009)
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Flowers In Flames Review/University of Akron Buchtelite
Local musicians debut CD 'On Fire'
Issue date: 10/14/08 Section: Arts & Life
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Flowers in Flames came together in 2006 with the hopes of creating a fresh, new spin on the '80s postpunk genre.
CollectivelyFlowers in Flames is influenced by the likes of alternative/goth band Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, The Velvet Underground, Joy Division and '80s cult band The Cure.
Though they find inspiration from the '80s post punk movement, Flowers in Flames officially brands themselves as a post-punk/gothic/psychedelic band from Northeast Ohio area.
Flowers in Flames describes their sound as "textured…we have taken an '80s post punk foundation and gave it a cutting edge sound," F.I.F.'s vocal/guitarist Dave said.
Since their decision to join forces, Dave (vocals and guitar), Cindy (vocals, keyboard, and guitar), Mary (Bass) and John (Drums) have performed live with local indie rock band Mr. Gnome from Cleveland, folk/pop/punk band Ruby on the Vine from New York and Akron's own Full Wave Rectifier.
Even though F.I.F. is currently unsigned and flying solo without a record label, they remain optimistic and foresee a signing in their future.
After listening to a few songs on their MySpace page, it is clear that F.I.F.'s music will play a huge part in today's music obsessed society.
In fact, with Flowers in Flames upcoming release of their self-titled debut album it wouldn't be surprising if they are signed by the holidays.
Flowers in Flames debut album features 10 tracks, five of which are available on Myspace.com/Flowersinflames.
F.I.F.'s admiration of The Cure is definitely showcased in their epic MySpace EP, especially in Track 4 "Last Days."
Robert Smith, frontman of The Cure, should definitely feel flattered.
Don't get the wrong idea though, F.I.F.'s style isn't completely Cure-esque.
In fact, their sound is impossible to put into one category.
Though there are certain parts in their demo that sound reminiscent of the legendary band, Flowers in Flames' sound is unique,
This Saturday, Oct. 18, Flowers in Flames is scheduled to play all songs from their debut album at Square Records on W Market St. at 7p.m. for free.
Previous F.I.F. shows are known to be animated and lively the strobe lights and fog machines accentuate their composition.
Flowers in Flames self-titled debut album will soon be made available on cdbaby.com, and will be available at the Square Records show this Saturday at 7p.m.
Scene Magazine Review Flowers In Flames CD
Volume 15, Issue 82
Published December 5th, 2008
Flowers In Flames And October Rising Get Graded
Flowers in Flames
"With their self-titled debut, Flowers in Flames brings back an '80s post-punk sound. There's a definite Cure sound on this goth/psychedelic band's album, most prominently on "Third Wave." Cynthia Dimitroff's vocals give the song a theatrical feel.The best tracks, "Last Days" and "Golden Town," are futuristic-sounding songs that suggest an influence from David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust days." - Erika Schramm