Florida trio Flagman offer up a delicious combination of fun noise rock meets alternative metal laced with all manner of big riffing, cheeky basslines and awesome guitar solos.
The “Flagboiz” Sam Stewart (bass and lead vocals), Cody Singleton (guitar and vocals) and Grant Freeman (drums, multi-instrumentalist and vocals) offer up a fun, slightly silly combination that will “slither in yer earz.”
To get a taste for this they sent us latest single Problems, which was released last month. It opens up with a little bass slide and bass solo then a funky little guitar riff, which give way to a verse of high-pitched vocals answered by another little guitar flurry. The vocals explode into big screams over heavier guitars, then a really cool guitar solo drops into stabbing guitars.
It then develops into a big trippy instrumental section that again drops into stabbing guitars, which drop into fast-paced vocals. Big screamed vocals take over alongside crashing cymbals and guitars to bring the track to a lively ending. Give it a listen below:
Things get a bit weirder on previous single Mr. Fries, which kicks off with a cool little spinning bassline then vocals “Have you seen him at the store, Now he’s knocking at your door, Never really been alone, He’s already in your home” that build up to big shouted vocals. That gives way to a section of funky spinning guitars that develops into a cheeky little solo over a funky bassline. Give it a listen below:
They also released debut album Gibberish in 2018, which kicks off with this absolute banger Headache Talking.
We had a chat with lead vocalist and bassist Sam Stewart to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Flagman?
SS: “I heard about Cody through an old bandmate. We started jamming together during the summer of 2015. It took us a while to find the right drummer, and when Grant came along we knew before he did. He joined the band in the fall of 2016 after much pleading on bended knee.”
GR: You just released Problems. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
SS: “They should expect a spicy guitar solo from our very own Cody Singleton. There’s a few spicy riffz in there, a couple of hot lickz. Check it out. The song was written as an indictment of deferred responsibility. How long does the buck get passed?”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
SS: “Our sound crawls on its belly. It slithers in yer earz…”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
SS: “Most of our songs are observations or personal experiences. My (Sam) lyrics are usually self-reflection on some level or another.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
We love Primus and Mr. Bungle. We all love our share of prog, but the three of us are certainly all over the map. Grant and Cody are always turning me on to cool music and I (Sam) try to do the same for them.
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
SS: We have a new record coming out this year. We also have a lot of video content in the works so be sure to check out our YouTube channel.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
SS: “If you enjoy what you hear, follow us and tell yer friends. It goes a lot further than you’d think!”