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Flamingods Share New Single & Video “Tall Glass” – New Album “Head of Pomegranate” out October 13th

September 1, 2023
Photo Credit: Kamal Rasool & Bethany Hopper 

Flamingods share new single & video ‘Tall Glass’ 

New album Head of Pomegranate out October 13th

UK headline tour this November 

Flamingods share new single and video ‘Tall Glass’, taken from their recently announced forthcoming album Head of Pomegranate, out independently via The Liquid Label on Friday, October 13. The new single joins prelude tracks ‘Gutterball’ and ‘Dreams (On The Strip)’ on the LP which was recorded in Atlanta with Grammy award-winning producer Ben H. Allen (Animal CollectiveDeerhunterM.I.A). Their first new release following 2019’s Levitation, the album ushers in a new era for the much loved Bahrain-rasied, London-based quartet, and will be accompanied by their first headline UK tour in four years this November. 

On ‘Tall Glass,’ Flamingods cruise into Afro-synth mode with effortless swagger, this time skippered by the vocals of Charles Prest. Layered with funk guitars, wonky synths and an infectious rhythm section – it sees Flamingods embrace their funk-pop side whilst staying true to their distinctive yet manifold identity. “Musically we were inspired by my Afro roots here, musicians from the 70s and 80s like William Onyeabor, Steve Monite and Letta Mbulu – who were putting out Afro-synth bangers and fusing electronica with funk, disco and pop,” reflects Prest, “We’re quite lucky as a band as we have a whole melting pot of cultural inspirations to pull from. As well as our collective eight nationalities we’ve also lived in London for the whole existence of the band which in itself is a culturally diverse and inspiring city. I think this comes through on ‘Tall Glass’, it’s one of our favourite tunes from the record.” 

Whilst Prest explains that the thematic premise of ‘Tall Glass’ is about the reflection and clarity that comes with“growing older and learning to give yourself a break,” the music video takes on a life of its own, crafting a subversive narrative helmed by director Tanmay Chowdhary. He explains; “The treatment of the film Tall Glass is inspired by the all-male Turkish gambling bars where the happenings are kept a secret from the outside world. We wanted to flip the idea of this space over its head by having a female-led gang of gamblers and revolve the story around a trade of pomegranates that go wrong.” 

Another deeply infectious release that simply dazzles. Yet another vibrant creation exuding charm, charisma and plentiful hooks. Another track led by this insatiable rhythm that intensely loops and feels like it’s developing further whilst the release features a blend of influences and disco beats, Flamingods once again creates something entirely unique with this feel-good attribute. Flamingods hypnotise the audience with the rhythmic chaos and the wild melody on offer throughout.

The Head of Pomegranate album title comes from the Arabic translation of Ras Rumman رأس الرمان; the name of the Bahraini village where frontperson Kamal Rasool’s late Father grew up, a place where pomegranates were once cultivated. Kamal lost his dad to Covid during the writing process, which had a notable impact on the LP’s direction. Tributes are scattered throughout the record; which traverses themes of grief, spirituality, culture, identity and recovery. Travelling to balmy Atlanta, Georgia – the band spent a month in the studio with Ben H. Allen – with the sunny location paralleling the heat they grew up with in Bahrain. Rasool reflects that after a period of questioning the band’s future, the experience was a timely reminder of their roots, representing their“redemption moment”  and only strengthened by the guidance of longtime hero Allen. 

Alongside Rasool and Prest, Flamingods are made whole by Sam Rowe and Karthik Poduval. Although still barely 30 years old individually, Flamingods have been playing music together under various guises since the age of sixteen. Grounded in their shared youth growing up in Bahrain, it’s this brotherly bond that underpins their near telepathic level of musicality, earning them their reputation as a singular fixture in the UK scene. Weaving kinetically through psychedelia, new wave, electronica and punk – often within the same song – is a bit of a specialty for the band, as is their knack for blending in influences from their unique cultural heritages and love of 70s British rock and roll; We’re a band of mixed-race boys making alternative rock music, something that’s quite rare within our scene” comments Poduval, “We aren’t engrossed in making traditional or obvious rock music. We’d rather make it our own.”

Fiercely independent, across their four albums and wider discography the band have released through prolific indie imprints including Moshi MoshiSoundway and Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground. The band have toured extensively across the globe, with their highly-praised live show known for its euphoric high energy, including showcasing at SXSWIceland Airwaves, and appearances at End of the RoadField DayGreenman and Glastonbury. As long standing favourites of BBC 6Music, Flamingods have hit the playlist multiple times, with sessions under their belt for Lauren LaverneGiles Peterson and Vic Galloway. More widely, they’ve also appeared in sessions for KEXP and Boiler Room. With the announcement of Head of Pomegranate, Flamingods firmly plant the seeds for what’s to come next, an era set to blossom with the collective at the the height of their craft. 

Pre-save / pre-order Head of Pomegranate here:

https://theliquidlabel.ffm.to/flamingodsheadofpomegranate

Flamingods – Head of Pomegranate – Tracklist:

01. Dreams (On The Strip)

02. Adana

03. The Dip

04. Dirty Money 

05. Gutterball

06. Born Lucky

07. Volta Rocket 

08. Tall Glass

09. Perfumed Garden 

10. Eastern Cowboys

11. Head of Pomegranate 

Flamingods – Live Dates 2023:

Tickets here

1 Sept | Kent | Camp Wildfire

02 Sept |  Manchester | Manchester Psych Festival 

03 Sept | Deal, Kent | Smugglers Festival 

06 Oct | Guernsey | St James

04 Nov | Margate | Elsewhere – headline

08 Nov | Cambridge | The Portland Arms – headline

09 Nov | London | Scala – headline

16 Nov | Birmingham | The Hare & Hounds – headline 

17 Nov | Sheffield | Yellow Arch Studio – headline

https://www.flamingods.com/

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