By Ana Mihajlovic
CALGARY — Flowshine, a groove-oriented, psychedelic folk-rock band from Calgary, is on the verge of releasing their second EP, Soak Me Like A Wave. Much like their 2012 debut EP, Mountain Queen, this EP has six tracks that offer a sampling of the band’s diversity.
“The purpose of this album is to show people what we’re capable of as a band,” begins Jeremiah Erhardt, vocalist and lead guitarist.
“With this batch of songs we’ve been able to see them go through multiple transformations over the last couple years of just playing them. And what we have here is one set that we are pleased with, but they are still always changing and shifting as we play live.”
Along with bassist Dallen Muise and keyboardist Erik Smistad, Erhardt aimed to create an eclectic mix of songs that incorporate vibrant arrangements with self-described “dad rock.” The resulting music is warm and punchy; in the live arena, their rotating line-up of drummers and backup vocalists adds even more range.
“Each of our songs sounds different depending on which drummer we’re playing with. We played with a guy whose background is in metal so the songs are hitting a lot harder,” elaborates Erhardt.
“We’ve also played with roots-based drummers, which ends up sounding more folky and laid-back.”
This seemingly inconsistent fluidity is a priority to the band, as they spent over a year experimenting with different arrangements at the Calgary-based Evius Studios with Eric Svilpus.
“With Eric we were able to play with layering and textures. I really like a mix where you can listen to the same song 10 times but pay attention to a different element every time.” The ultimate thread that unites the release is the consistently catchy melodies and constant vocal harmonies. Up to five vocalists contribute to each song; that said the band is more focused on the overall feel and the almighty hook than the individual elements that make up each song.
“Having that hook is still so important. If you’re going to create all those layers underneath it and have a million guitar layers or instruments going on, you always have to have that hook going over top of it,” concurs Erhardt.
“Having that melody you can hum is the most critical because if you don’t have a good song, it doesn’t matter how many instruments you add to it, it’s still not a good song.”
Flowshine is playing their EP release party at The Nite Owl on Friday, September 11th. You can pre-order their new album online on their Bandcamp page.AB, Alberta, Flowshine, Nite Owl