Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Flush

Tell Us about:

Your latest single you have released:

Entertainment’‘ is a fun, somewhat tongue-in-cheek party rock anthem to celebrate the return of live rock’n roll music. A straightforward rock song with a catchy, melodic chorus that lyrically plays on ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and encourages everyone to go to the clubs, down some drinks and watch a local band. 

The second single comes from our EP ‘Weak and Wrong’. It’s an angry and aggressive take on what causes most of the problems in our world. It’s based on a driving riff, and we did some fun Beastie Boys style vocals on it.

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

The first single from our debut album (‘It Began as a Mistake’, 2020) was called ‘Shine’, and it’s a simple rock song, somewhere in between Hüsker Dü and The Posies. I don’t know if releasing the single created any special feelings, but the album itself was a significant amount of work and we were very relived to finally get it out. It was also a weird time because we released it in the middle of the pandemic and had no idea if people would find it without us being able to play any shows to support it.

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

Today is a Friday so I am going to name the song ‘Cheap Beer’, also included on our first album. The chorus goes ‘Cheap beer, rock songs, Friday nights’, and what could be better than that? It’s a crowd favourite and has become a bit of our signature song.

Your favourite song to play live:

We have a new song called ‘Kings and Queens’, coming out on our EP later this Fall. We’ve played it live a few times and it always works. It’s on the heavier side and is built on a pretty groovy riff. It definitely rocks and is really fun to play live.

Your most emotional track:

I wrote the song ‘Chemicals and Conversation’ for and about someone very close to me going through some difficult times. I wanted to share the experience of mental illness because I believe many go through similar emotions, and it is totally fine and acceptable to feel afraid, insecure, and weak. As humans, we are vulnerable, and we need to look after our mental health.

The best lyric you have ever written:

Our next single ‘Weak and Wrong’ has some pretty aggressive lyrics that take a firm stand for something I firmly believe in. It’s one of our most aggressive songs and I wanted to make sure the vocals come out aggressively too – and that requires the lyrics to have some force too. I need to feel the lyrics to be able to channel aggression.

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

For a band our size it depends a lot on the circumstances. Sometimes you’ve barely had the time to finish the soundcheck until you already need to start the actual gig. That does not leave much time to get nervous, excited or anything. The last time I was really nervous was before a pretty normal club gig, but for some reason I was exceptionally nervous, almost anxious, that time. Most of the time, though, the seconds before starting the show are a mix of positive excitement and a concentrated focus to get the first songs 100% correct.

The hardest track to play live:

I mentioned earlier the song ‘Shine’ from our debut album. When recording it, the producer suggested adding some lead guitar licks in the second verse to complement the singing. Although the licks are technically easy it’s still challenging to get the singing and the guitar licks exactly right and done at the same time. Usually, we arrange the songs by playing them together, so we don’t create arrangements that would be impossible to re-create live.

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

Gear wise you need strings, picks, chords, a tuner, and some essential pedals. Having some clean clothes and something to wear on stage is also a good basis for packing.

Describe your fans in three words:

Loyal, music-loving beer-drinkers. That’s three words, right?

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

Generator’ by Bad Religion. It is a perfect punk rock song.

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

The EP comes out in November, and we’ll release a couple singles still before that. The songs are good, and we will also release some fun and entertaining videos to support them. Our local gig scene is only slowly opening, so we’re not yet sure on live shows this year, but we’ve got some interesting plans for Spring 2022. Follow us on our website or socials to stay tuned to what’s happening in the Flush camp!

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