Huffington Post unveiled the EPK for Flagship's self-titled debut album with a free download of the track "Are You Calling." Earlier this month Consequence of Sound raved that the band "sifts through the pastoral folk rock graces of bands like Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear, with occasional detours into wide-eyed pop catharsis." The album will be released by Bright Antenna Records on October 8 and was recorded with critically acclaimed producer Ben Allen, best known for his work with Animal Collective, Washed Out and Youth Lagoon. To celebrate the album's imminent release, the band will tour the Southeast with support from The Dog Apollo beginning August 17. Full tour details below.
In 2011 solo singer, songwriter and guitarist Drake Margolnick joined local musicians Matthew Padgett (guitar, backing vocals), Michael Finster (drums, programming) and Grant Harding (keys) forming Flagship. In 2012, Christopher Comfort joined on bass. The band has become a staple of their hometown club scene and was voted Best Local Band for Charlotte Magazine's 2013 Bob Awards. They toured the U.S. with The Wombats performing in front of sold out crowds in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago and Salt Lake City. This year Flagship played SXSW for the second time along with a performance at the inaugural Bottle Rock Festival in Napa Valley.
With Margolnick as the main songwriter, the band worked on the tracks in unison at an Atlanta studio. He notes, "normally we just start playing together, no talking, just playing. No planning. It just falls together and we organize it. Once we have the song, I'll start mumbling and making noises and I'll find my melody during that process and then go and write the lyrics." The band experimented with the recording process on tracks like "Waste Them All," which Harding explained was recorded in one live take. Of working with Allen, Finster points out, "Whenever we recorded with Ben I remember we'd do batches of songs, like three at a time. He'd set everyone up in different ways depending on the song and record those people together-drums, bass, guitar-whatever was going to happen." Allen said of the sessions "It's really satisfying as a producer to hear the song sound complete and epic right when it's being recorded live, as opposed to having to edit, tweak and mix until it feels that way."
Flagship's self-titled full-length album comes on the heels of 2012's Blackbush EP, Baeble Music raves about "the deep-throated baritone delivery of lead singer Drake Margolnick a la Ian Curtis from Joy Division."
FLAGSHIP TOUR DATES
* with The Dog Apollo
August 17 - Columbus, GA - The Loft
August 28 - Orlando, FL - Will's Pub*
August 29 - Tampa, FL - New World Brewery*
August 30 - Gainesville, FL - The Atlantic*
August 31 - Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live*
September 2 - Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista return.