Flyleaf: Singer Kristen May Announces Her Exit From Band

 

Flyleaf vocalist Kristen May has announced her departure from the outfit. In it she details her various reasons for leaving, including that she never “truly felt like she fit in” and wanted to focus on motherhood.May took over the vocal duties in the band from Lacey Sturm back in 2012.

 

 

 

 

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Flyleaf: Sameer Bhattacharya and Kristen May interview with kid

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Piper of KidsInterviewBands.com conducted an interview with Kristen May and Sameer Bhattacharya of FLYLEAF on February 18 at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio. You can now watch the chat below.

 

FLYLEAF will headline the Revolver magazine tour featuring bands from the “Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock” issue. Also scheduled to appear are Canadian melodic metal act THE AGONIST, hard rocking Floridians FIT FOR RIVALS, teenage rocker DIAMANTE, and anthemic Canadian rockers FALLING FOR SCARLET.

 

 

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FLYLEAF’s KRISTEN MAY: ‘We Put Our Hearts And Souls’ Into New Album ‘Between The Stars”

 

Alternative hard rock band FLYLEAF will release its fourth studio album, “Between The Stars”, on September 16 via Loud & Proud Records.

 

With producer extraordinaire Don Gilmore (PEARL JAM, LINKIN PARK, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) manning the board, the band spent a month in a Los Angeles studio during the spring of 2014. The fruits of their labor is a wealth of heavy, hypnotic soundscapes laced with new frontwoman Kristen May’s piercing vocals.

 

“When we started writing this record, we had a common hardship,” admits Kristen. “Their singer had quit, and my previous band had broken up. As writers, we weren’t really sure how to move forward. At the same time, we all had this shared feeling of hope and a second chance. Music came out of those experiences from coming together and persevering through whatever doubts and trials we faced in our lives. It felt like home once we began making music.”

 

Guitarist Sameer Bhattacharya concurs, “It just worked. We were bringing in different perspectives and ideas from earlier times. It was a new beginning for all of us.”

 

For proof, look no further than first single “Set Me On Fire”. For the lyrics, the band found inspiration within a rather unconventional place.

 

“Pat, Kristen, and I had just finished reading Veronica Roth’s ‘Divergent’,” recalls Sameer. “Something in the story resonated with us. It’s that moment of finding yourself. Mark Twain said something really powerful. He wrote, ‘The two most important days of your life are the day you’re born and the day you find out why.’ ‘Set Me On Fire’ represents that realization.”

 

Kristen comments: “It’s about the passion we feel when we first fall in love and our emotions are running high, along with our thirst for this great life and all it has to offer. There is so much beauty, excitement and hope in this world and when we collide with one another and fall in love, magic happens. I hope everyone turns this song up to eleven, and sings at the top of their lungs.”

 

Shot with director Noel Maitland (SPEECHLESS, KINGS OF SUMMER) in an abandoned warehouse in downtown Los Angeles, the “Set Me On Fire” video can be seen below.

 

On the flip side, “Traitor” might just be the group’s heaviest salvo to date. “It’s about knowing which people in your life aren’t good for you,” sighs the frontwoman. Then, there’s “Thread”, which weaves together a spiraling melody and an uplifting message. “It’s another journey,” Sameer says. “It’s got a great message that sometimes you can’t only rely on yourself.” “You feel lost and like you’re hanging by a thread,” continues Kristen. “In those moments of fear, anxiety, and depression, you’ve got to reach for something bigger than yourself. We all collaborated on that, and it just fit.”

 

 

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Flyleaf: New Music Video for ‘Set Me On Fire’

 

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“Set Me On Fire”, the new video from the alternative, hard rock band FLYLEAF, can be seen below. The clip was shot with director Noel Maitland (SPEECHLESSKINGS OF SUMMER) in an abandoned warehouse in downtown Los Angeles. The explosive track marks the first single off the group’s fourth studio album, “Between The Stars”, which is set for release on September 16 via Loud & Proud Records.

 

 

“We’re excited to release our first single, ‘Set Me on Fire’ and we can’t wait for people to hear it,” explains FLYLEAF lead vocalist Kristen May. “It’s about the passion we feel when we first fall in love and our emotions are running high, along with our thirst for this great life and all it has to offer. There is so much beauty, excitement and hope in this world and when we collide with one another and fall in love, magic happens. I hope everyone turns this song up to eleven, and sings at the top of their lungs.”

Other songtitles set to appear on the new FLYLEAF album include “Magnetic”“City Kids”“Marionette”“Thread” and “Well Of Lies”.

After working with with producer Howard Benson (MY CHEMICAL ROMANCEPAPA ROACHHALESTORM) on the band’s first three albums, FLYLEAF decided it was time for a change and turned to Don Gilmore, who has previously helmed recordings by LINKIN PARKKORNBULLET FOR MY VALENTINE and LACUNA COIL.

Howard runs his studio like a laboratory, which I love — you go in there and you know exactly what’s going to happen and it’s all about getting these perfect sounds and these perfect takes,” FLYLEAF guitarist Sameer Bhatacharya tells Billboard.com. “And with Don you go in there and it’s total, like, ‘Let’s feel it out, man.’ It’s all about the spontaneity and the energy and the moment.”

Kristen May replaced original vocalist Lacey Sturm after the latter abruptly departed the group in October 2012.

 

 

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