Fresh from making a big impression as guests on Tom Grennan’s European tour and gracing the cover of FAULT Magazine, alt-pop trio Flawes today share their brand new single “Satellite”. It arrives as the June 9th release of their new album ‘One Step Back, Two Steps Forward’ approaches and follows the band’s recent singles “Tears Won’t Show”, “Is It Any Wonder” and “Don’t Blame Me”.
In “Satellite” vocalist Josh ‘JC’ Carruthers’ delivers the purest of love songs with a very personal touch. Fittingly, a song about a love that stretches to the stratosphere and beyond also stands out due to a space-inspired sonic motif, a pulsating synth which sounds like a space shuttle’s radar. It creates an enticing off-kilter edge to the song’s brooding, alt-pop balladry, which presents a different sound to the zesty tracks which have preceded it.
JC says, “‘Satellite’ is probably the most straight-up love song that we’ve ever written, it even references my proposal to my now wife in the second verse. With the production, we wanted to create an atmosphere that felt like you’re listening out in space and used manipulated experimental guitars in the intro to achieve that.”
“Satellite” was written by Flawes with SHELLS and the track’s producer Toby Scott (Ella Henderson, Felik Jaehn).
The single provides further evidence that Flawes have levelled up with ‘One Step Back, Two Steps Forward’. Its maximalist style unites the creative synths and bass-heavy rhythms beloved of alt-pop. But it’s also rich with time-honoured songwriting that brims with melody, high-rise hooks and sheer motion as well as the undeniable musicianship of a band with a background as session musicians for name artists. It’s energisingly direct too, as the band make each moment matter, heightened the immediacy of every song with a lean, straight-to-the-point attack.
With almost 20k monthly streams, Flawes is set on growing their fanbase in Asia – currently, Indonesia and Thailand are among their top 30 streaming markets worldwide.
Flawes’ podcast ‘Meet At The Hotel Bar’ has been attracting plenty of attention since launching last month. Each fortnight, the boys invite fans to listen in on a conversation with a friend from the world of music to unveil the larger-than-life, outrageous or simply unbelievable experiences that come with a life spent on tour. Next Monday’s episode features Thom Powers from The Naked and The Famous, while future guests include Natti Shiner of Fickle Friends and Rhino of Status Quo.
‘One Step Back, Two Steps Forward’ tracklist:
1. Is It Any Wonder
2. Don’t Blame Me
3. Give Me Your Worst
4. Tears Won’t Show
8. Feels Like Home
9. Race To France
10. Waste It All On You