There are so many labels you can put on bands these days - hark rock, indie, electronic - the list goes on and on. Still, even with all these sub-genres, it’s sometimes difficult to express exactly what a band sounds like. That’s the case for The Fling, a new group coming out of Long Beach, CA. If you wanted to call them folk or Americana, that’d be ok. With their Beatles like harmonies, an argument could be made for a 60′s pop type of label. However you want to describe them, one thing is for sure - this is a talented group of musicians who are clearly on the rise…
Listening to The Fling’s debut album When The Madhouses Appear (out on Dangerbird Records), you can’t help but get swept away by their sound. The mood gets upbeat and energetic on tracks like “Wanderingfoot” and “Out Of My Head”, while on “Strangers” and “Nothing Makes Sense Anymore” the band echoes more of a Bob Dylan style protest vibe.
Their high quality of instrumentation is rare amongst new bands these days. From slide guitar, to piano, to percussion, to wurlitzer, The Fling seems to integrate new sounds on every track.
It all combines for one of the better debuts we’ve heard in a while and gets us excited about what’s still to come. A few of their songs have already been placed in TV shows and word is they may even have a new EP out before the end of the year.
The band were kind enough to stop by our studios recently for a short interview. It quickly became obvious that all the guys have great senses of humor, as stories ranged from facial hair advice, to transvestites they met while on tour.
Check out our interview with The Fling here:
And watch this video for their track “Friend Of Mine” here: