With a debut EP given as charged a title as “Throwaway Generation”, it would be a fair bet to assume that FLOWVERS are not the kind of band to shy away from the heavier, more uncomfortable themes, and that they are capable of tapping into a healthy amount of generational rage. Both would be correct – but this band’s sound is as far as it could possibly be from doom and gloom, with a wide range of inspiration looking back to the glories of rock music in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. Infectious, danceable, and bold, FLOWVERS have crafted a sound that makes a very clear statement that they have something to say – and listening is a very interesting affair.
Q. Tell us something about what inspires your creative process, and the mood you try to create with your music.
A. Lyrically I’ve been heavily inspired by the whole process of lockdown, coming to terms with things so quickly and being in quarantine was something that I’d actually thought about before so the reality of it didn’t really phase me. However, It did allow me to look at the world again and restart my writing process, something I hadn’t done properly for well over a year. What I was seeing and hearing has all been documented in our latest songs that we’re currently in the process of writing.
Q. How would you describe your sound in one sentence?
A. Top heavy love songs.
Q. You were shortlisted as Big in 2020. Do you see yourselves as part of a new wave of independent music? Do you think the UK music scene is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, and if so, what role do you see yourselves playing in it?
A. I like to think that we could be part of this current/next wave but at the same time we have never saught to be something new or ground breaking, we are just 4 mates making music and having a laugh. And if we can influence people or make change that’s an added bonus.
Q. Have you been working on something new recently, and what are your plans for the second half of the year?
A. We’re having a sonic change up, taking things more seriously and looking at our surroundings and being at lot more influenced. We’re not so fussed about genres anymore, we’re just making the music that feels right.
Q. If you could choose your dream venue to play after reopening, what would it be?
A. We’d love to play the big top at Reading or Leeds (or both). Sweaty teens in that tent just all going at it to your music. UNREAL.
Q. What do you think about the music community’s response to the lockdown? Have you been taking part in any projects?
A. I’m currently working on a online year book titled ‘The Class Of 2020’ where artists from all over the world are sharing their work from this year as they didn’t get to sit exams or may have missed a shot at success due to the sudden emergency stop on society. Together with my friend Haydn Gwen we filmed an interview for the look book and did a photo shoot where I went full south London emo cool kid, was a lot of fun. I’d encourage everyone to go and check their Instagram and get involved as it’s all about young people and their creative outlets.
Q. The lockdown has been an occasion to reflect collectively on mental health, especially for those who drew strength and support from live music. Have these themes been part of your reflections and songwriting recently?
A. Mental health and music go arm in arm, for us we get the best buzz from being on stage and just being together isolated on that set is the best form of escapism. Where we’re doing something we enjoy our positivity and support we give each other (as well as some criticism) benefits us all massively. I have always written about mental health but not as directly as some of my influences, it’s something that should be talked about as it has been tabooed for far too long, but it’s also not something I want to associate our music with right now nor glamorise. Truthfully, we’re young and escapism from music should be a remedy for anyone having a bad day.
Q. Your debut EP is titled “Throwaway Generation”. Is there a particular mood of your generation that you are trying to channel, and do you think it’s been brought to the fore more than usual by the recent events?
A. It will be really interesting to see how everything pans out post lockdown. Where we have had such demand for change with Black Lives Matter it’s really got everyone riled. I just want to see who’s still shouting after everything, or are we just the generation that actually WANTS the change, or are we just looking for that next quick fix and we’ll just happily move on and forget.
Q. What have grassroots venues meant for you in your personal experience? Can you tell us something about a grassroots music venue that is particularly dear to you, or that helped shape your love of music?
A. Heartbreakers in Southampton for putting us on with bands like Another Sky who have been doing amazing as of late. I think it’s all about these smaller venues giving unknown bands a chance to support the next big thing and we are so appreciative of Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth too for giving us some cool support slots.
Q. What is, to you, the most exciting thing about playing in a digital festival?
A. Just being able to get back to playing as a band. It’s what we live for. THE FUTURE.
FLOWVERS are playing on Saturday, July 25th at 8:30 PM.