Opening on Monday night at the Echo – there were actually 4 bands playing that night, but I only stayed for two! – was Black Flamingo, a six-member band, 3 girls and 3 guy, with four frontman/women, Kimi Recor and Ammo (Amberlie Bankoff) on vocals, guitar and bass, wearing long black dresses, Mareeesa Stertz vocals and keyboard, wearing a contrasting short glittering one, and Chris Vick on guitar, exhibiting high black horse boots.
Their sound captivated right away the audience with its choral-like female airy vocals floating above stretching-hypnotic keyboard notes, like in songs called ‘Black Heart’, and ‘Proud Head’ which had something haunting-relaxing and extremely soothing, opening infinite and quiet landscapes.
Their hybrid folk-pop was sometimes evoking the 70s, probably because of the Mamas and the Papas side of their choir-like melancholic vocals, but it was obviously much more complex than this and a combination of several things. They even used an harmonica and a mini accordion at some point.
On their page, they define their sound as ‘tropical goth’, a very strange word juxtaposition which does not completely make sense! But if I understand the goth aspect, I did not hear much of the tropical part except than one of the guys (Alex Possell or Poul Johansen as they were two guys doing percussion) was using bongos.
I understand they want to be dark and goth, but I found most of their tunes quite upbeat, working like the magic concoctions of some good witches with breezy voices flying high above the guitars and the bongos.
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Liam will be 50 in September
the same mix of local orchestras and the biggest Who hits
The song wakes up with alluring guitars
weaving a fairy tale for us to get lost in
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – July 1973 (Volume 5, Number 2)
“I don’t consider David (Bowie) to be even remotely big enough to be any competition.”
an old school New York feel
oedipal vulnerable and blue collar visceral
An emotional song with Miya’s acrobatic and vulnerable vocals
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1973 (Volume 4, Number 12)
From Robert Johnson to the Ramones – what a life!
one of the great top tens of the 2020