No matter how far away it may seem, tomorrow glows with possibility and promise. Even the darkest night always breaks at dawn. flor finds light in the promise of a new day. The Hood River, OR quartet—Zach Grace [vocals, guitar], Dylan Bauld [bass], McKinley Kitts [guitar], and Kyle Hill [drums]—excavate unshakable melodies from jubilant synths, buoyant beats, and lush guitars as they relay a coming-of-age story all their own.
The group tell this story on their third full-length album, Future Shine [Fueled By Ramen].
“I was thinking about people who present solutions for today’s problems to help ensure a brighter future,” observes Zach. “I wanted to emulate that energy, optimism, and desire for a better world. The album is us chasing the goal we’ve been after since high school: to share our art, bring joy, and connect with as many people as possible.”
They started chasing that dream back in their hometown of Hood River, OR as high school kids in McKinley’s garage. The band quietly generated hundreds of millions of streams in the wake of their 2016 debut come out. you’re hiding. In 2019, ley lines only accelerated their momentum buoyed by tracks, including “white noise,” “slow motion,” and “dancing around.” Critical acclaim followed from Nylon, Billboard, Paste, and Ones To Watch who hailed the album as “an exhilarating balancing act.” They concluded a successful headline tour at the top of 2020 only to face the harsh reality of the Global Pandemic with the rest of us.
The boys promised they’d continue writing, but the isolation of quarantine and its ensuing malaise got in the way. They needed to get back in the same room…
”In the past, I would write songs by myself, bring ideas to the guys, and we’d piece them together from there,” Zach reveals. ”Future Shine didn’t happen that way. When I was back home in quarantine, I wasn’t inspired to write. So, we actually ended up writing all of these songs together during a few separate sessions. We were really more collaborative than ever.”
Once it became safe enough to do so, the musicians congregated back in Los Angeles at Dylan’s studio for a series of writing sessions. This time around, they built the bulk of the songs face-to-face together inspired by favorite records from the likes of MGMT, Phoenix, The Killers, and M83.
”We’re very lucky to have a producer in the band with his own studio,” smiles Kyle. ”Dylan really stepped up. So many bands couldn’t just go and make a record during the Pandemic. That’s not lost on us, and we’re really grateful.”
“I thought of it as a great reset,” states McKinely. “There was so much strife in the world politically and socially. So, for the first time, we sat in a room—just the four of us—thought about what we wanted to say, and crafted the songs in a totally new way. There was immediate magic. Imagine if we went back in time to my garage, but we had all of this experience writing songs and touring together? That’s what it was like. All of these years culminated in feeling like kids again.”
“We needed to make a new and exciting record,” adds Dylan. “We had a purpose. We tapped into what flor is meant to be.”
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