Flowers bring their ‘noisy indie pop’ to Brighton


Flowers head for Brighton as they launch their second album, Everybody’s Dying to Meet You, via Fortuna Pop! (EU) and Kanine (US).

The trio play The Prince Albert on February 17 (8pm).

Singer Rachel Kennedy’s vocals and Sam Ayres’ guitar are backed by drummer Jordan Hockley, and for Rachel, it is the perfect combination.

She said: “We all met in 2012. It was Sam’s idea to start the band. He knew Jordan and got in touch with him, and they put an ad online for a singer. I saw it, and that’s how they got me. I had been making music by myself, but it is not so much fun playing live by yourself. I love writing by myself, but I really hated performing. I got so nervous. I was very young then. Maybe it wouldn’t be the same now.

“But when you are with a band, it’s like being in a gang. There is strength in numbers. There is always so much waiting before a show, but when you are in a band, you can have a drink and chat. When it is just you, you just sit there twiddling your thumbs and getting nervous!

“The first album came out in the autumn of 2014. We made that album like a year before, but the delay was just lots of little things. The thing that took the longest was figuring out when was the best time to release it. Both the labels had quite a lot of releases coming up, so it was a question of finding a good time. Also, we had never really made a proper album with a label before, and there were lots of little things you need to know and do.

“So yes, album number two has been a lot easier. In every way, we are a bit more experienced, a bit more confident. With the first album, we just blundered through everything. Now we know a lot more what we are doing.

“When we have to come up with a tagline for our music, which is hard to do, we usually say it is sometimes noisy indie pop. I write the melody and the lyrics, and Sam writes the main body of the chords and the music, and we all finish the song together.”

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