Huddersfield Alt-Pop Trio Flawes Return
by Victoria Holdsworth
After releasing a brand new track on February 15 via Red Bull records called ‘Don’t Count Me Out’, one of Yorkshire’s most promising new bands are back in full force.
After a self-imposed 18 month hiatus, it seems the time away has been put to good use by Huddersfield’s Flawes. With a new polished sound that will come to define them, the Yorkshire lads have also teased that another three releases are imminent in the next few months.
‘Don’t Count Me Out’ couldn’t capture Flawes’ fresh sound and fighting spirit more fully. A soaring ode to self-belief, it was inspired by a songwriting session in which the band were forced to stand their ground. “It’s a passionate song about refusing to be brushed aside,” says JC. “It’s a universal message, but having been away for a while, it’s also us announcing that we’re back, on our own terms.”
Few bands launch as explosively as Flawes did, bolting from the blocks straight on to radio within a mere three months of forming. Formed by frontman JC in the summer of 2015 in strange circumstances, all three members were session musicians who had hoped to be in their own bands. JC and drummer Josh Hussey, aka Huss, were childhood friends from Huddersfield who had spent their teen years in different bands. They both moved to London separately before their bands fell apart.
JC spent two years touring the world with Ella Eyre, but continued to write songs on the side. When Ella asked to hear some, she was so impressed that she booked JC as a support act. The catch? He didn’t have a band, had only completed a handful of tracks and the tour was in three months. A chance meeting with Huss set the wheels in motion and an introduction to Twickenham-born guitarist Freddie Edwards sealed the deal. One rehearsal later, Flawes were a band.
With their initial releases meeting with instant accolades, BBC Introducing were hot on their heels when their lead track, ‘Don’t Wait For Me’, was made record of the week on Radio 1 and reached number 8 on Spotify’s viral chart. The appreciation of these lads did not stop there, as they were chosen to soundtrack trailers for the hit US TV series, Lie To Me, staring Tim Roth.
‘Don’t Count Me Out’ will mark the start of a brand new era for Flawes, with more new music and tour information to be announced in the coming weeks.