Ordinary People in an Ordinary World
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After sharing a bunk in one of Berlin’s numerous hostels for several weeks, Swedish Joakim Jägerhult (drums) and Liam Blomqvist (vocals & guitar) began to share ideas and develop what was soon to become their next project, The Flavians. With the later addition of Czech Republic's Anna Vaverková (vocals & keys) and Thomas Wills (vocals & bass) from the UK, the band began to write together. Drawing inspiration from bands such as The Beatles, Grateful Dead, and The Beach Boys, they set out to join the warm, nostalgic sounds of the 60s with the frantic, hedonistic energy of Berlin.
With vocal harmonies from a blend of three diverse voices, psychedelic guitar textures and lyrics discussing themes such as destitution and alienation, they walk the tightrope between the surreal and the mundane while staying grounded and focused on writing accessible, melodic, yet experimental songs.
The band have been busy playing packed out shows in their adoptive hometown. The summer of 2019 the band started out by supporting Catfish and the Bottlemen at a sold out Huxley's Neue Welt in Berlin followed by two shows at Glastonbury Festival and four shows at Germanys renowned, Reeperbahn Festival which lead them to a German tour with British Ten Tonnes. The Flavians started 2020 by releasing their debut album Ordinary People in an Ordinary World on the 31st of January which they celebrated by playing yet another show with Catfish and the Bottlemen, this time at a sold out Live Music Hall in Cologne.
Ordinary People in an Ordinary World - Released 31 January
'Ordinary People in an Ordinary World' is the debut album from the Berlin based band, The Flavians. Melting the hedonism and energy of Berlin with the warm sounds of the 60s, it is a concept album imagined by the band to tell true (and sometimes fantastical) stories that reflect on the absurdity of modern life.
With each song written from the point of view of a different character, they touch on subjects like alienation, adulterous postmen, dipsomania and the 9 to 5 whilst treading the path between the surreal and the mundane whilst staying true to themselves by writing accessible, melodic, yet experimental songs.
The album was self-produced and engineered by the band using live spaces with natural reverbs and gear from the 60s and 70s at TRIXX Studios in Berlin. Enlisting the help of Robbie Moore (Jesper Munk, LA Salami) to bring the album to life through mixing, Pete Smith (Sting, The Police, Van Morrison) and Fabio Buemi (Brockhampton, Billie Eilish) as engineer , the band gives a nod to the nostalgic sounds of the past while keeping their feet firmly in the present.
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