The oddest things can happen on tour, and SoCal psych-folks The Fling will be the first to tell you as much. The band is right in the thick of its first major tour, and a spontaneous drum circle with strangers at 4 a.m. in St. Louis wasnt even the weirdest thing to happen so far.
We met Rick James ex-guitar players ex-wife. It was pretty strange, drummer Justin Ivey said. She was a security guard in Atlanta. Superfreaky, huh? Such surreal encounters should escalate as The Flings profile continues rising. Its seemingly effortless anthems recall Band of Horses or Fleet Foxes, and hint at a proclivity to the Northwest with a decidedly rainy feel that stands in stark comparison to its sunny, Long Beach roots.
I dont think that we meant to do any indie-folk thing. I think it just kind of happened, Ivey said. We grew up listening to jazz, Led Zeppelin and Nirvana. We just play the music that fits us, I guess.
In a busy year, the act signed a record deal, with two discs quickly following: When the Madhouses Appear and a follow-up EP, What Ive Seen, which hit shelves earlier this month.
We wanted to put something out as soon as possible. We just love putting out music, Ivey said. Being able to write music like we have helps you evolve. Were constantly writing and learning.
The release of What Ive Seen coincided with the addition of a new member, and the band is all the better for it.
Having another musical option has helped us think about things that we might not usually think of. Its been a benefit having another songwriter, Ivey said. Weve evolved.
If that growth and productivity translate proportionally to popularity, maybe meeting the ghost of Rick James himself comes next.
Theres no shortage of ideas, so well go into a rehearsal space and hash it out, Ivey said. We dont want to put out a record, tour for a couple of years and release a new one; we want to keep making music and having it out there for people.