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SXSW promo video here
“If Dead Can Dance and TV On the Radio had a baby, it would be Flamingods….Their music is just as unique as their unlikely beginnings…. I have a feeling these guys will put on a fun show.”
15th @ 17.30 – British Music Embassy Latitude 30 512 San Jacinto Blvd
16th @ 21:45 – Hotel Vegas Annex 1502 E 6th St Presented By Levitation / Future Days
17th @ 21:00 – Esther’s Follies 525 E 6th St
BAHRAIN-VIA-LONDON BAND FLAMINGODS BRING THEIR PSYCHEDELIC/TRIBAL ROCK TO THE US FOR THEIR LIVE STATESIDE DEBUT AT SXSW
Often described as ethnic pop with elements of noise, psychedelia, tribal and freak folk, and labelled “psychedelic music for the soul” by “i-D” magazine, Flamingods are a London-based four piece, multi-instrumental band formed in Bahrain in 2010 influenced by different cultures around the world.
Flamingods will be releasing their Soundway Records UK breakthrough album Majesty, in the US on March 31st and to celebrate the record’s release, they will be making their stateside live debut next week at SXSW, performing several shows. The band was recently included in the festival’s preview by KCRW’s Aaron Byrd who said, “If Dead Can Dance and TV On the Radio had a baby, it would be Flamingods….Their music is just as unique as their unlikely beginnings…. I have a feeling these guys will put on a fun show.”
You can catch Flamingods at SXSW here:
MARCH 15 – LATITUDE (512 San Jacinto Blvd) British Music Embassy – 5:30PM
MARCH 16 – HOTEL VEGAS (1502 E. 6th St) Levitation/Future Days show 9:45PM
MARCH 17 – ESTHER’S FOLLIES (525 E 6th St) 9PM.
Consisting of founder Kamal Rasool (lead vocals, sarangi, taishogoto, keyboards, rhythm ukele, phin guitar); Sam Rowe (vocals, guitar, bass, gamelan, congas, taishogoto, drums, assorted percussion); Charles Prest (vocals, guitar, bass and synth bass, keyboards); and Karthik Poduval (bass, drums, percussions, darbuka), Flamingods focus on exploration and experimentation in their music with the use of an extensive collection of instruments from as far as Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey, Japan and Tanzania.
One of the highlights of Majesty is the ethereal track “Rhama”, which was picked up by Beats 1 for an exclusive first play on Matt Wilkinson’s show where he labelled the band “one of the most experimental psychedelic bands in existence
The hypnotic video for “Rhama”, co-produced with Dubai-based filmhouse Barbu TV, was filmed in the hot, barren desert landscapes of Dubai. The video is based on a secretive underground scene of Kushti wrestlers in the city, a group who dedicate their lives to a traditional form of wrestling. It presents a rare and personal insight into Pakistani culture and life in Old Dubai, giving an alternative insight against the clichéd image of it as a glossy metropolis.
“Those who don’t live in Dubai have a fixed perception of the city”, says Flamingods founder Kamal Rasool. “There is another side of the city that is massively overlooked. The video is not only about the wrestling but the communities who built this city, who came here to find a better future and provide for their families back home… they have all brought their culture.”
The video is also symbolic to the lyrical and sonic content of “Rhama”. You can check out the video here:
View the colorful video for the track “Jungle Birds”
Formed after an 8-hour impromptu jam session at the Animal Collective curated ATP Festival in 2010, Flamingods have since become regulars at heralded BBC 6Music, having done sessions with key tastemakers Lauren Laverne, Gilles Peterson and Tom Ravenscroft. They had a busy summer of appearances in 2016 across major festivals, including packed tents at Glastonbury, End of the Road, Latitude, and Green Man and sold-out tours in the UK and Europe.
The band did an interview and session last year with “RedBull.com” with an exclusive performance of album tracks “Majesty and “Rhama”. You can check it out here:
“An explosion For additional information/materials on Flamingods and their US debut record Majesty, of instruments from all over the world and genres that shouldn’t quite go together… Flamingods sound like nothing else right now” (Dazed &Confused), the ten tracks on Majesty blend blissful psychedelia with a rich spectrum of the band’s sonic inspirations.