British-based electrosurfbilly band, Flirt With Danger have released their debut album, ‘The Mini-Album’.
The music is an imaginative, provocative and eclectic mix of neo-rockabilly, surf, 60s garage and proto-punk, combined with analogue synth sounds. The lyrics draw on both modern concerns and retro-futuristic imagery, very much in line with the burgeoning atompunk artistic scene. It represents a significant departure from the existing UK music scene and has already attracted considerable interest in the USA, particularly in California and Texas.
The tracks were written by Les ‘Spaceman’ Rowley, the former keyboard player of South London indie rock band, Brilliant Pink, theatrical heavy metallers, Aunt May, and drum’n’bass trio, Tectonic.
Mr Rowley said, “This is just a taste of a large catalogue of material that provides a refreshing alternative to a popular music scene that’s become somewhat staid and formulaic in recent years.”
In true punk DIY spirit, Flirt With Danger are not signed to a record company, and the mini-album is both self-financed and self-produced. All songs were recorded in Worcester-based studio, The Space Underground and professionally mastered at Metropolis Studios.
The mini-album can be heard at https://flirtwithdanger.bandcamp.com/releases
The mini-album will be available through bandcamp, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and all the usual digital stores.
CITY BEATS TALK TO FLIRT WITH DANGER
How would you describe your sound ?
‘Punk Noir’ – a term I use to describe its mix of rockabilly, surf, garage/punk, 40s detective film themes and analog electronics.
Tell us about the new album ?
Main track on the Mini-album is Even Spooks Need To Rock & Roll. Inspired by checking the server stats for the band website and discovering a whole load of hits from British Indian Ocean Territories – it gave me a vision of guys working the spy centres out there, getting bored on the night shift and using their surveillance equipment to listen to rock & roll instead.
What’s your songwriting method ?
An idea comes to me for just a few words or a fragment of a tune and I try to capture it as quickly as possible, then work it up over a few days. The annoying thing is I get most ideas while having a shower before going to work on my day-job, which gives me precious little time to do anything other than scribble down a few chord diagrams on the back of an envelope. Often when I come back to them, I can’t remember the feel behind the fragment.
What’s been one of the most hilarious moments or highlights while touring or playing a gig ?
Playing a Halloween gig once with a theatrical metal band, in the dressing-room beforehand the roadie was opening a can of spaghetti with a fireman’s axe while totally naked apart from a suspender belt gaffa taped around his waist as it was too small for him.
Where do you guys record your stuff ?
My home studio, “The Space Underground”. Self-produced.
Do you rehearse and practice a lot ?
If you consider song-writing and production a form of practice, a couple of hours most days. Other than that, very little time for genuine practice.
What are you working on right now ?
Current song, ‘Princess Of Suburbia” is in the mixing stage. A new, surfie one has just got the basics laid down. A second mini-album of unreleased older songs is in the pipeline, though no timescale is currently under consideration. There’s also a backlog of 40-50 unfinished song ideas that need putting to bed. Coming up with lyrics is the slow bit and the cause of the backlog.