Fresh from making a big impression as guests on Tom Grennan’s European tour, alt-pop trio FLAWES have shared their brand new single Satellite. It arrives as the June 9th release of their new album One Step Back, Two Steps Forwards 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.
Of the new single Carruthers 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) and you can check out the lyric video below:
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.
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 New Zealand-based The Naked And The Famous, while future guests include Natti Shiner of Fickle Friends and Rhino of Status Quo.
Check out the video for storming tune Tears Won’t Show below:
FLAWES recently sold-out an underplay show at London’s The Grace, and will celebrate the release of One Step Back, Two Steps Forward with an in-store at Kingston’s Banquet Records on June 10th. Tickets are available HERE.