On The Rise: "Snot-Pop" sensation - FLESH
By Benjamin Irons
Since making their YouTube debut with "DEAD LONELY", back in late 2013, snot-pop Manc's FLESH are really making a name for themselves in the alternative/grunge scene. With a unique sound that combines shoe-gazing, psychedelic guitar effects with a gobbier Brit-pop sentiment, the quartet from Fallowfield stick out like a sore thumb.
Their tendency to accompany their wacky musical style with unconventional music videos fails to elude them; The video for "DEAD LONELY" fittingly features a poorly-rendered animation of a caravan on an blocky island, filmed with an outdated VCR camcorder. Similarly, their track "VAUXHALL CASANOVA" features the band gigging in a 10x10 square feet garden alongside a rickety birdcage ablaze with burning feathers. Its unorthodox, but we'll go with it.
Excessive gigging, word of mouth as well as the release of their tracks "W8 4 ME" and "AVIN IT IN IBIZA" generated a rise in popularity, which also landed them an in-house gig with DIY, indie-rock solo artist Rat Boy in Filey Road, Fallowfield in the summer of 2015. Just over a fortnight later, they dropped "NOT GNA", which comprises a 90's dance beat with snarly vocals and whining guitar - a sound that gives Blur a run for their money and shows the middle finger to Liam Gallagher's bullying swagger.
As well as their first UK headline tour in the same year with support from the likes of PEACE and Pretty Viscious, not to mention the release of their first banger of the new year "GON N DUN", FLESH have just finished touring the UK with headliners Together Pangea and supporting act Mozes and the Firstborn, which even saw the Manchester outfit playing the 2016 NME Awards Show at the London Moth Club on the 5th Feb.
There's nothing more refreshing than hearing an artist push the boundaries of rock quite like FLESH have been doing over the last year or so, so I'm more intrigued than ever to see what they can add to 2016's already promising lineup.