“I’m face down, don’t wait for me. Please don’t stumble and fall to your knees, please, please.”
“Don’t Wait For Me” pleads for us to follow the melody through a journey as its alt-pop sound ebbs and flows with our emotions. FLAWES’ debut track premiered last week at The Line of Best Fit and was named “one of the most intriguing debuts of the year.” The debut leads the band’s forthcoming EP Unspkn, set to release October 23. Having heard the early demos of the EP, Ella Eyre “immediately” invited the band to support her on her upcoming UK tour. The London-based trio comprised of Josh Carruthers (vocals/keys), Freddie Edwards (guitar), and Josh Hussey (drums) plan to continue climbing upwards following footsteps of artists like EUPH. favorites Jack Garratt, James Blake and London Grammar.
The song’s sound blends the earthy soul of Carruthers’ vocals with an indie alt-pop vibe similar to that of Chet Faker. It creates a cocktail that entices music listeners of any taste and stimulates the head and heart, probing them to indulge. Edwards introduces the song with a folk acoustic guitar riff that sets the listener up for an impassioned, but focused melody. It is soon accompanied by a synthesizer’s surge to charge the listener and ease into Carruthers’ voice which entices listeners to focus on him in a way that romances with the music rather than triumphs over it.
Only thirty seconds into the song does the vocal harmony, guitar and synth elements merge together for a powerful and early impression that drives the listener deeper. The song’s desperation to captivate is taken to a more literal sense in the chorus’s lyrics. These lyrics blended with the futuristic chords of the keys makes the chorus relatable. It allows the listener to reflect on some struggle battled in life while simultaneously experiencing a strange foreshadowing of hope that makes the struggle worth it. A chorus that elicits that kind of experience lyrically, musically and emotionally leaves high expectations for the remainder of the track which, consequently, did not disappoint.
If you’re based out in the UK, be sure to catch FLAWES on the tour dates below.
October: 19: Hoxton Bar & Kitchen – London, UK (*headlining)
November: 3: Guildhall – Southampton 5: O2 Academy – Bristol 6: Albert Hall – Manchester 8: O2 ABC – Glasgow 11: O2 Academy – Birmingham
Erin Alexis Hampton is a writer and photographer who is passionate about music and the community it creates. She is a recent graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelors in journalism and a specialization in design. Music is in the essence of her spirit and she is happy to write for the readers of EUPHORIA. Magazine.