with MOULDER and RAMONDA HAMMER
Denver based quartet Flaural is an outfit with its eclectic roots of influence
lodged as firmly in the fertile grounds of psychedelic pop as in the less-often
associated soils of shoegaze, new wave, and contemporary experimental. Only
seeming to look back as a means to gaze into the future, Flaural walks the tightrope
that often separates originality and accessibility with uncanny ease.
Flaural is the unified sum of four equal parts. The hypnotic pulse of Nick
Berlin’s kraut rock drum grooves crystalize as the backdrop atop which sprawls the
band’s ethereal pop-songwriting pallet. Connor Birch’s expansive synths and keys,
the unique virtuosity of Noah Pfaff’s guitar playing, and the resonant croon of Colin
Johnson’s vocals over his driving bass lines all coalesce into the rare type of
experimental music that warmly invite the uninitiated listener into the unknown.
Formed in 2015 the band has released two EPs. 2015’s ‘Thin King’
established the parameters for Flaural’s exploratory vision and 2016’s ‘Over
Imaginary Cigarettes’ pushed further their already immense scope. Gold Flake
Tapes described the latter as a “humdrum flood of sound, colour, and exquisite
The band’s rigorous tour schedule has taken it on six total tours totaling
fourteen weeks and 75+ dates along the west coast and through the Midwest. The
burgeoning act has shared the stage with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Thee Oh Sees,
Built to Spill, Wand, Wild Nothing, Gardens & Villa, Quilt, Diane Coffee, Methyl Ethel,
Mild High Club and others. Appearances at Boise’s Treefort Music Fest, Denver’s
Underground Music Showcase, San Francisco’s Hickey Fest, Chicago’s Tomorrow
Never Knows, and other high profile festivals have further grown the band’s
It sometimes feels rare that a band founded on pushing boundaries is
conscious of not alienating the listener. This is not the case for Flaural. Their music,
in effect, feels like the spoils of a deep space exploration, brought back down to
earth for all to observe. The band is currently writing and recording their debut LP
rumored to be slated for release in 2018.
Band from Boise
Ramonda Hammer is a Los Angeles grunge band who’s name comes from a lady featured on the early 2000s reality television show Cheaters. The show is funny and sad, kind of how front-woman and band founder Devin Davis writes her songs. “Davis is the queen of grunge” (KSPC), playing with quirky chord progressions, and dynamic, biting vocal melodies. The other three fourths of Ramonda Hammer – Andy Hengl, Justin Geter, and Mark Edwards – turn these songs into fully flourished anthems, “crunchy, grungey, no-B.S. ’90s-style alt-rock” (Buzzbands LA). The band self-released their debut album Whatever That Means in the spring of 2016, and received critical acclaim from Impose Magazine, EARMILK, PureVolume, Fuse TV, and many other notable music publications. The band then signed with indie label New Professor and released the hit single “Zombie Sweater” that fall, gaining recognition from BrooklynVegan, She Shreds Magazine, Blurred Culture, and more. Ramonda Hammer was named one of “LA’s hardest-working bands of 2016” (Oh My Rockness), and one of the “best LA emerging bands of 2017” (The Deli Magazine). They will be releasing a new EP in the summer of 2017 and touring all over the U.S. and Canada. Visit RamondaHammer.com for tour dates and follow Ramonda Hammer on all forms of social media to be a part of the journey!