photo from Flipron's MySpace
When hearing a band described as “The Kinks meet Tim Burton” or “otherworldly” you wonder what the band is really about. These are just a couple of statements that have been used to describe the British band Flipron.
Flipron, a band based out of Glastonbury, England, is starting to make their rounds around the internet. Though they have been around England for several years, those of us in America are just now getting our first taste of this band which fits into no category.
A first impression of the band’s music is a “monster mash” "cartoonish" or “The Munster’s theme,” but after listening to the first few bars, you find yourself bouncing along with music. The quirky lyrics incorporated with a touch of a haunting sound are just pure fun.
Flipron currently has three albums available that have been released through the independent record company Tiny Dog Records. Their first album “Fancy Blues & Rustique Novelties” was released in 2004. Their sophomore album “Biscuits for Cerberus” was released in 2006, and “Gravity Calling” was released in 2008. All three of these albums along with four 3-song EP’s (“Hanging Around the Lean-to With Grandad”, “Dogboy vs. Monsters”, “The End of Summer/Raindrops Keep Falling On the Dead,” and “Book of Lies”) are available for purchase on iTunes.
Flipron has a small tour scheduled for the US starting in late October. This tour is still in the tentative stages but should be confirmed in the next few days. If everything does come through, Flipron will be playing approximately 6 shows in the US, with Bobby Long, starting on October 25, in New York.
On Flipron’s MySpace page, they state “We are FLIPRON. We love old records & new records. We love all sorts of music by all sorts of people. This gets all mixed up & rearranged inside our Flipron-shaped brains and comes out again into our own music.”
This statement explains how all their songs sound strangely familiar yet so different at the same time.
Don’t want to take my word about how fun and entertaining Flipron is? Here are a few reviews of the band off of their website:
"Flipron are truly quite a find. 'Fancy Blues & Rustique Novelties' is a multi-layered, fantastically unpredictable and often morbidly hilarious ride which all discerning music fans need to hear. Let's hope this is merely the sound of them gunning that jet-black hearse and easing it onto the highway for a lengthy death trip."
"Next up, who remembers Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem? Yup, they were the Muppets house band, and FLIPRON are their mirror image; all glam afros, fairy lights and lunatic flash ... There's a disregard for creative limits going on here, and it's warping expectations of what we can expect from live music. ... Who is the baboon? Who cares, I don't even know who I am after these brilliant bastards have played."
"... when a band like Flipron comes along, it’s an absolute delight. The band is charm itself ..."
"A seriously funny record full of wicked tricks ... Indulge yourself if you dare ..."
"To listen to this album is to enter a peculiar world where logic is fractured and the plot is more twisted than the most complex film noir you can imagine ... It is the most amusing and lyrically clever album I've heard this year."