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Flyleaf – Memento Mori

November 19, 2009
Flyleaf - Memento Mori

Written By: Ben Millikan


Label: A&M/Octone – Rating:

If you were to Google “Flyleaf Vs. Paramore” you would get a slew of threads on various message boards with ardent fans declaring their allegiance to their respective band. Most of these boards contain frivolous banter with tensions only coming to a rise over the ever contentious argument of who is hotter: Hayley Williams or Lacey Mosley?

Female lead singers aside, both bands do have strikingly similarities: both have members of the Christian faith; both had their previous albums go platinum (Paramore with Riot! and Flyleaf with their self-titled debut), and both now have new albums out in 2009. And while all of the talk over the past few months has been about Paramore’s Brand New Eyes, Flyleaf has quietly begun promoting their sophomore release Memento Mori.

What is readily apparent at first listen of Memento Mori is a much heavier sound than that of Flyleaf’s previous album. The drums are tighter, the guitars are thicker, and overall, there is a much more aggressive feel with a polished finish. The quintet from Texas has obviously matured form their first experience in the studio, but while they may be tighter rhythmically, there still is a lack of creativity. As a result, certain tracks tend to blur into one another with repetitive drum beats and recycled guitar riffs. “Beautiful Bride” has a powerful, palm-muted intro and “Chasm” contains a semi-interesting riff with a little bit of color, but the overall lack of a definitive groove from song to song fails to individualize each track.

Although musically, Flyleaf still has plenty of potential to expand, the onus of creativity is picked up with the lyrics of Lacey Mosely. There is definitely a more personal feel to Memento Mori, with Lacey constantly making spiritual references to the trials and tribulations of her faith. “Treasure” is an inspirational and heart-felt track where she reveals the glorious feeling of realizing her importance and her invaluable place in God’s kingdom. “Missing,” a catchy track that shows potential for another radio hit, is a thought-provoking commentary on how the world would be without love. Lacey explains: “Love is painful. It requires work. It’s selfless. Even though it’s difficult, if you take that out of the earth you’re going to end up with nothing.”

Using her melodic charm to stand out in the mix, Lacey also lets off a few catatonic screams that she has become known for. On “Swept Away” she reaches a growling climax during the bridge that is usually unbecoming from female singers, but with the passion and emotion that she invests into her song writing she is able to get away with it. Lacey is able to pour out her spiritual guts into her deeply personal lyrics with a sense of unequivocal conviction that speaks to a larger audience and ties into the meaning of Memento Mori (a Latin phrase meaning “Be mindful of death”).

Despite the sense of urgency that Lacey conveys through her lyrics, the same can’t be said for the music. I hate to use the cliche “sophomore slump”––and to be fair, this record doesn’t warrant such a claim––but there is definitely more room for Flyleaf to grow and define their sound. Paramore has already achieved this feat, but give Flyleaf another year or so of touring and the chance to write another record and they shouldn’t be too far behind.

Like Flyleaf? Check out: Paramore, Skillet

Want More Flyleaf?
Flyleaf Album Release Party (Review)
Flyleaf Album Release Party (Photos)
Flyleaf @ The El Ray – Los Angeles, CA (Review)
Flyleaf @ The El Ray – Los Angeles, CA (Photos)
Flyleaf @ Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (Review)
Flyleaf @ Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (Photos)
Review of Memento Mori

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Flyleaf @ Hawthorne Theater

November 16, 2009

Written By: Sebastian Barnum
Photos By: Emily Rex

View all of Emily’s Flyleaf photos here.

Portland, OR – It’s an Oregon night, and things are cold. Everyone in the room is slightly drenched and bearing a grin. The lights go out, and it seems as if the world stops. Lacey Mosley struts onto the stage, along with the rest of her band of misfits, and the world is given a pulse. A flickering chandelier is the only light given to the band, as they begin what I can only describe as awesomeness.

Seeing as Flyleaf’s newest album “Memento Mori” wouldn’t hit shelves for another week, we didn’t know what to expect. But I never expected to see the outstanding performance that would quickly unveil itself. Because the opening band (Paper Tongues) cancelled, it was clear that the band would have to rely just as much on old material as they did new material, which had quite an impact.

The first four songs all came off of their new album, which made it relatively difficult to get emotionally caught up with them. And seeing as almost no one knew the songs, it felt like a slow start, to an unpleasant evening. And then, as if a switch flipped, the band started their fan favorite “Cassie.” Within seconds, the crowd was jumping and screaming the words at the band in some ritual that almost seemed tribal.

Two moments in this evening made it a truly unforgettable experience. The first was seeing Sameer Bhattacharya (Lead Guitar) pull out a violin bow during two different songs. That alone gave me goose bumps – replicating a technique I’ve only known the god of rock, Mr. James Patrick Page (Led Zeppelin) to successfully pull off was jaw dropping to say the least.

The second unexpected and easily the most interesting moment of the evening, Lacy Mosley delivered a touching speech about her faith. It is well established that Flyleaf is a Christian rock group, but when a non-believer hears a concept such as that, they seem to instantly write the band off as a bunch of holy rollers, and as nice as it was, it didn’t do much for me. However, when she followed it with a cover of Kim Walker’s “How He Loves,” a Christian anthem, it was moving. Even those with no faith could feel something amazing happen as Lacey wailed the lyrics like a gothic angel.

All in all, it was regrettable that so much of the concert was unknown songs (including the finale), but the show was absolutely amazing. Pure, raw energy filled the Hawthorne Theater that night, and it was divine. I would see Flyleaf any chance I got, and I advise you to do the same.

Want More Flyleaf?
Flyleaf Album Release Party (Review)
Flyleaf Album Release Party (Photos)
Flyleaf @ The El Ray – Los Angeles, CA (Review)
Flyleaf @ The El Ray – Los Angeles, CA (Photos)
Flyleaf @ Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (Review)
Flyleaf @ Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (Photos)
Review of Memento Mori

Flyleaf @ The El Ray 10/29/09

October 30, 2009

Written By: Jim Markunas
(Editor-In-Chief)

Photos By: Victoria Hill
(Urban/Pop Editor)

View all of Victoria’s Flyleaf photos here.

Flyleaf is awesome! This is a fact. They make Paramore look boring (which is hard to do). I’ve seen them play live exactly two times; both recently, one of which was tonight. The time before tonight was an acoustic performance by Lacey and Sameer. Acoustically, they were pretty good, but I couldn’t help but wonder what vocalist Lacey Mosley would sound like live and backed by the rest of her band. I hoped for loud guitars, pounding drums, and more new material. Tonight, I got exactly what I wished for.

Lacey came on stage wearing a white wedding dress with black boots boots, and proceeded to bring down the house. Usually, a band with a popular frontman/woman blends into the background without being noticed. This is not how Flyleaf operates. Sameer thrashed back-and-forth across the stage, attacking his guitar as if it were an evil ex-girlfriend, and/or masked assailant. Of the whole band, bass player Pat Seals, was by far the most fun to watch. Pat looks like a overly sinister/ghoulish vampire, complete with ‘guy-liner’ and hair that somehow blows in the wind like an actor in a Spanish novella; he’s also the hardest working bass player in show business. By the second song, a new track off the up-coming Memento Mori, Pat had managed to steal the show by climbing onto the drum tower and jumping acrobatically back down to the stage.

Most modern rock bands have forgotten how to rock; not Flyleaf. I haven’t seen this much movement since the last Barack Obama ralley. In short, great sound, great energy, and lots of stage antics – If you have a chance, check Flyleaf out on tour, and remember to buy a copy of Memento Mori on November 10th.

Paper Tongues opened. I wasn’t expecting to be impressed, but I’ll be goddamned if I wasn’t completely blown away. Paper Tongues are an up-and-coming band; freshly signed to IGA. Their blended style of southern rock and roots made for quite the interesting listen. Full of energy, as any new band should be, Paper Tongues were quite the treat! They don’t have an album out as of yet, but I’ve been told we can expect a debut pretty soon.

Watch out for Sebastian Barnum’s review of Flyleaf’s appearance in Portland, OR in the next few days.

Want More Flyleaf?
Flyleaf Album Release Party (Review)
Flyleaf Album Release Party (Photos)
Flyleaf @ The El Ray – Los Angeles, CA (Review)
Flyleaf @ The El Ray – Los Angeles, CA (Photos)
Flyleaf @ Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (Review)
Flyleaf @ Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (Photos)
Review of Memento Mori

Win Tickets Flyleaf Secret Show/Jimmy Kimmel Performance

October 23, 2009

Flyleaf and Shockhound are giving away 30 pairs of free tickets to Lacey and the boys’ secret Shockhound Sessions performance, which will be taped somewhere in the Los Angeles area on the late afternoon of Tuesday, October 27.

To win your free pair of tickets to the taping all you need to do is A) be a registered Shockhound.com user, and B) be among the first 30 people to correctly answer all five of the Flyleaf trivia questions at Shockhound.com

All winners (16+) will also automatically be added to the list for Wednesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Show performance

Flyleaf fans! By now, you’re probably already well aware that Memento Mori, Flyleaf’s first new album in four years, will be dropping November 10, and that they’ll be playing a tour of smaller venues this fall as a “thank you” to their patient followers.

But what you didn’t know — because we’re only just telling you now — is that Flyleaf and ShockHound are giving away 30 pairs of free tickets to Lacey and the boys’ secret Shock Sessions performance, which will be taped somewhere in the Los Angeles area on the late afternoon of Tuesday, October 27.

To win your free pair of tickets to the taping, all you need to do is a) be a registered ShockHound user, and b) be among the first 30 people to correctly answer all five of the Flyleaf trivia questions (provided by the band) below.

If you’re not already a registered ShockHound user, signing up is quick, easy and requires absolutely no commitment or obligation on your part. Just go HERE to set up your account. Okay, ready? Now answer these five Flyleaf-related questions:

1. Who did the album art for the new Flyleaf record?
2. What is the name of Jared’s dog?
3. What two towns does Flyleaf call home?
4. What is the title of the song that Flyleaf wrote for the troops?
5. What was Flyleaf first called?

NOTE: DO NOT POST YOUR ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. Rather, email your answers, along with your ShockHound username, to contests@shockhound.com. The first 30 ShockHound users to correctly answer all five questions will win a pair of tickets to the Flyleaf Shock Sessions next Tuesday. We will notify the winners no later than this Friday, October 23.

Please bear in mind that we are not responsible for getting you to or from the show — and if you’re not going to be in the LA area next Tuesday, or you don’t think you can scare up the necessary transportation, don’t bother entering this contest. Likewise, don’t be one of those annoying trolls who enters ticket contests with no intention of actually attending — ‘cuz that’s just bad karma, people!

Get Tickets To Jimmy Kimmel performance here.

Want More Flyleaf?
Flyleaf Album Release Party (Review)
Flyleaf Album Release Party (Photos)
Flyleaf @ The El Ray – Los Angeles, CA (Review)
Flyleaf @ The El Ray – Los Angeles, CA (Photos)
Flyleaf @ Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (Review)
Flyleaf @ Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (Photos)
Review of Memento Mori

Flyleaf Album Release Party @ Boardner’s In Hollywood

October 2, 2009

Written By: Victoria Hill
(Urban/Pop Editor)

View More Photos here.

On a warm Hollywood night, candles burned on the Boardner’s patio. The intimate setting was filled with passionate Flyleaf fans excited to hear the songs from the new album, Memento Mori (scheduled to be released on 11/10). As each song plays, the applause gets louder as the crowd waits for Lacey Mosley and Sameer Bhattacharya to take the stage to play an acoustic set of the new album.

Lacey glows in the candle light, looking like a porcelain doll in her orange dress. Her stunning voice becomes even more powerful during the stripped down set as she sings “Again” and “Arise,” which Lacey said was about believing in your dreams. Even though this is the first time fans have heard the song, the crowd starts singing the chorus with Lacey. I could feel the love and respect the fans have for the band.

Lacey and Sameer show the fans two music videos from Memento Mori (“Again” & “Beautiful Bride”) and explains the cover art for the album, which was based on a picture done by bassist, Pat Seals. The videos are outstanding and very creative.

The album sounds great and is available for pre-order at http://www.flyleafmusic.com.

The first 3,000 people who pre-order the album will receive an exclusive lithograph of Pat Seal’s art work for the album. The single “Again” is available on iTunes.

Want More Flyleaf?
Flyleaf Album Release Party (Review)
Flyleaf Album Release Party (Photos)
Flyleaf @ The El Ray – Los Angeles, CA (Review)
Flyleaf @ The El Ray – Los Angeles, CA (Photos)
Flyleaf @ Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (Review)
Flyleaf @ Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (Photos)
Review of Memento Mori