Flycatcher - Stunt [EP]
“The results interpret Turnstile’s wall of sound hardcore through Silent Alarm-era Bloc Party, hinting at an awesome new era for the band.” – Consequence of Sound
“a cross between 2000s post-punk revival and emo” – BrooklynVegan
“some early 2000s indie vibes” – The Alternative
Reaching the end of a chapter can feel like a hairpin bend. For the past few years, Flycatcher front person Gregory Thomas Pease navigated the territory of a new page by leaning into the cacophony of solitude, and listening to his inner instincts. No longer did he rely on the reactions or opinions of others; instead, he learned to trust himself, and to step into the limelight of vulnerability. Stepping outside of his comfort zone soon turned into creativity and became Flycatcher’s new EP Stunt: a collection of songs that celebrate the joy of the unknown, and the fun that comes with it.
The New Jersey-based quartet, made up of Pease, Justin VanNiekerk (guitar), Jack Delle Cava (bass) and Connor Carmelengo (drums), are known for their undeniably anthemic arrangements. Albums Other Things (2018) and Songs for Strangers (2019) garnered acclaim for their ear-worm choruses, tight textural dynamics and propulsive, driving percussion. This caught the attention of Grammy Nominated Producer Will Yip who signed the band to his indie label Memory Music, with Stunt pointing towards a powerful new phase. “This one felt more intentional,” explains Pease, adding that the catharsis of writing these songs urged Flycatcher to try out different sounds and new tonal directions. Channeling the energy of early-00s indie, with the euphoria of pop and punk, the band craft a captivating ode to the sonic worlds that made them.
“I was able to hide behind a lot of my other songs,” Pease says. “With Stunt, I learned how honest I wanted to be.” There’s a certain shift in this latest collection, a purging of previous setbacks, with Pease no longer afraid to present exactly how he feels. Opener “Games” introduces an upbeat, lustral EP, as single note guitar and animated drums provide a glittering backdrop to a story about trying to move on. “I know that I’ve changed, I couldn’t tell you how but all I know is that I’m not the same,” Pease sings, urging optimism despite difficult circumstances. (continue reading full bio on our DISCO)