Q and A with Flannel MouthJune 6, 2015
Our friends in Flannel Mouth have been keeping busy lately with work on their new album and playing shows. Flannel Mouth is made up on Luke on vocals and guitar, Zach on guitar and vocals, Ryan on bass and vocals, Tyler on drums and vocals. Check out what the guys had to say when they chatted with BareBones Ent.
BS: It’s been a while since we talked last. What have you been up to?
Luke: Hey! We’ve been recording our new album, called Prisoner’s Cinema, and it’s all kinds of wonderful!
Tyler: It’s been two months between an office and Zach’s house, but that’s been interrupted by a trip to play SXSW, and other life events like bachelor parties and weddings and kids’ birthdays. But we’ve got the whole thing sent off as of Wednesday [the 13th] night, so it’s just a matter of waiting for the official release!
BS: I know that you have been working on some new music! How was that going?
L: Very well! We’re just ready to start playing it out.
T: It’s been sitting like a pressure cooker in our bones these past few months, so it’s going to be massive when we finally do.
BS: Anything about the new tunes you can share that you are excited for fans to hear?
T: The new stuff is much deeper and more fine-tuned than our EP, Pull in Your Horns. Expect horns and organs and layers of vocals and an overwhelming sense of excitement.
L: The diversity is going to really shine through.
BS: What new songs are you playing on tour?
L: We’re playing a couple tunes. We’re playing songs called “Dead Man Walking,” and also “Preacher’s Daughter,” “RAR,” and “You’ve Convinced Me,” but that’s not really a new-new release.
T: You can snag “You’ve Convinced Me” in its better-than-a-demo form at our Bandcamp site as part of a Thanksgiving release from 2012, actually!
BS: How long would you say on average it takes to work out the kinks of a new song playing it live for the first couple times?
L: Usually I’d say we have all the kinks worked out by the time we play it live. To get the whole song ready I’d say it takes a couple practices.
T: I did screw up “Dead Man [Walking]” last night though. But no one could tell, probably.
BS: You were on tour with Event Horizon; how do you feel about this one?
T: Better than the vast majority of things. Those guys are super cool and incredible musicians, and we can’t wait to share some band experiences with them on the road.
L: I think it’s going to be freaking wonderful, man. Like the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. I freaking love people, and things and places, and nouns and verbs, and they do all of those things.
BS: Do you feel it helps the quality of a tour and/or shows being friends with the other bands? Some fans argue it shouldn’t since you’re not on stage at the same time. Why do you feel it does or does not help?
L: That’s a good question. I think it does help because sometimes it’s just the bands that you’re playing to. Camaraderie is something that is a good thing in all fields to be involved in.
BS: Any city you’re especially excited about?
L: I was pretty excited about West Virginia because I love the view while we’re driving. I’m just more excited about the bands we’ll be playing with, and the times we’ll share with Event Horizon.
T: Hometown is always a welcome stop, so Pekin on the 23rd is the one I’m looking forward to most. We’re part of an event where they’re recording a podcast and then having some bands on, and it’s been 7 months since we played at home, so it’s going to be an amazing time.
BS: Is it back to the studio after this tour or is the new album done?
L: The new album is done! But we’ll be writing some more music.
T: We’ll be rehearsing for the album’s tour coming later this summer, as well.
BS: When can fans expect to be able to get their hands on some new music?
T: You can expect it from us at the end of the summer-ish.
BS: Anything else you would like to add?
L: We love everybody, man.
T: We love BareBones!
[And we love you!]