At first, I was very sceptical about the session being moved, but once FLAWES began sound-checking, the sound was actually great and the gig goers hadn’t been put off by the change of venue.
Even when they were still doing their sound-check, which was a cover of Family Affairs by Mary J. Blige, you could tell that there were no flaws with FLAWES (please don’t hate me for this joke, but I know you laughed!). FLAWES consisted of a vocalist on the keyboard, a guitarist, and a drummer. In regards to their equipment, they seemed like a cheap version of Alt-J.
In terms of their sound, take the guitars from Being As An Ocean, the singer of Bastille, and any old drummer, and voila – it’s a FLAWES gig!
The performance itself was only four songs, which was a bit disappointing as they spent a lot of time setting up. The instruments themselves were at a good sound-level; none of them stuck out, they all worked well together to create a chill-house kind of vibe. The singer, even though he is a good singer and certainly better than me, did not seem to have too much range between high and low if that makes sense and a lot of the melodic work was done by the guitarist.
Every song from their set had a similar tempo but was unique and amazing in its own way.
During their interview in RamAir, the guys from FLAWES talked about their band name. “FLAWES is all about embracing your imperfections, learning from your mistakes, and always trying to better oneself”. They also noted that it is pretty cool to travel to different cities around the UK.
They’re currently working on a new album, and to be honest with you, I am super stoked to see what it will sound like! When it came to RamAir’s atavistic question: “pineapple on pizza?”, the response was two ‘yes’ and one ‘no’, a win for Team Pineapple!
You can find their music on Spotify and Apple Music and completely disagree with me and what I wrote. I know you won’t though; you love me. 😉
In the meantime, take a look at their UBU Coffee House Session:
Songs: 4/5 (could have played a couple more songs to be honest)
Atmosphere in Student Central: 3/5 (due to the last minute venue change)
Author: Doug Schulz
RamAir student radio legend Doug is currently doing is PhD at Bradford after completing his undergraduate in Sociology and a MA in Peace Studies.