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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