“U.K.’S MOST ORIGINAL BAND”
FIRST U.S. TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER
AFTER MAJOR U.K. FESTIVAL APPEARANCES
Release of Single and CD Sampler to Coincide with Tour Plans
Flipron, the British quartet that has been described as “Tom Waits meets The Kinks on a carnival midway,” will make their U.S. debut in September with a string of showcase dates that begin in New York at Arlene’s Grocery on September 11. Drawing on diverse musical influences as far-ranging as 1920’s Hawaiian Steel guitar rags, laid-back Western Swing, Klezmer stomps and old-time folk ballads, Flipron are known as brilliant wordsmiths and entertaining eccentrics. Their milieu is classic rock songs that take winding, unexpected turns, as evidenced on the newly-released sampler CD, WITH BREATH BATED AND EYELIDS UNBLINKING, which was specially compiled for the U.S. shows with selections from the band’s three studio albums.
Before arriving in the U.S., the band will have played several high profile shows in the U.K. this summer, including a 10-date stint at the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival and an appearance at the prestigious Glastonbury Festival that takes place annually in the band’s hometown. Flipron have played the Glastonbury Festival six years in a row, with 2008 seeing them play a record 10 shows on separate stages at the event.
Signed in the U.K. to independent Tiny Dog Records and hailed by the British
press as “the most original band in the UK.” Flipron is a band that
continually marches to the beat of their own drummer. As example, the video for
their new single, “The Coolest Names in Showbiz,” was shot on location in Dorset
and made for a whopping £80 using one light borrowed from videographer Alex
The video, in which members of the band tie frontman and songwriter Jesse Budd to a chair and cut off his curly mop of hair, can be viewed on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIHFvKiE8D0.The song, which includes lyrics like “Your mouth is doing business in some well paid conversation/while a million pigeons launch in geometrical formations and hanging high above your head,” is about “sacrificing an easy life to discover what you might really be capable of,” according to the band. “We at least discovered that the strutting, curly haired singer was capable of having his hair cut.” “The Coolest Names in Showbiz” is included on the BREATH BATED sampler. It is now available from iTunes and will be available via other digital outlets on July 26.
Flipron is comprised of Jesse Budd (vocals, guitar, mandolin, lap steel, accordion); Joe Atkinson (organ, piano, backing vocals), Mike Chitty (drums) and John Thompson (electric bass). They are poised to conquer America with their unconventional approach to music. Their scheduled U.S. appearances are as follows: September 11—Arlene’s Grocery, New York; 14—Hotel Café, Los Angeles; 16—3rd and Lindsley, Nashville; and 17—World Café Live, Philadelphia.
Check out Flipron at the Off the Tracks Festival at Castle Donington in Derbyshire in May: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McTJ6NSxR_I
What the British press has to say about Flipron:
“Fronted by singer/ songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Jesse Budd, they plough a furrow intriguingly distant from most of the contemporary cliché zones.....” –Observer Music Monthly
“There's a disregard for creative limits going on here, and it's warping expectations of what we can expect from live music. ...I don't even know who I am after these brilliant bastards have played.” –Artrocker Live Review
“… Stunning. This man’s songs are contagious!” –Mick Mercer
"...woozy bohemian pop massacre...brilliant, but frankly unclassifiable.” –Daily Telegraph
“ Glastonbury’s macabre funsters are at the top of their game. With great writing and such a clear musical identity, you just have to smile and submit to their charms”… --Music Week
"Flipron could become the house band on the ghost ship in the next instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean. Someone tell Johnny Depp. " –The Independent