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09-25-2007, 04:43 PM
Lacey Mosley — vocals
Sameer Bhattacharya — guitar
Jared Hartmann — guitar
Pat Seals — bass
James Culpepper — drums

Heavy music and pained lyrics go together like cake and ice cream, and Belton, Texas quintet, Flyleaf, aren't about to break with tradition. But while many loud rockers reopen old wounds by singing about their broken homes and broken hearts, Flyleaf confront past traumas to heal old scars and prove in the process that hope shines brighter than despair.

"I used to be in a really negative band, and that seemed to almost fuel my emptiness because that's what the songs were about," says charismatic singer Lacey Mosley. "That's why I think what we're doing is important because there needs to be something heavy out there that has a positive message so people see that it's possible to get through the worst situations."

Flyleaf's self-titled debut album echoes with songs about abuse, neglect, addiction and dysfunction, and messages about overcoming adversity. And the band's wide array of brooding beats, atmospheric textures and lunging riffs compliment Mosley's emotionally revealing lyrics, which range from breathy and beautiful to scathing and aggressive.

"I'm So Sick," starts with a moody bass line throbbing over a haunting ethereal vocal before guitars crash in like a rock through a plate glass window. The track see-saws between rage and reflection, guitarists Sameer Bhattacharya and Jared Hartmann providing textural flourishes and atmospheric touches that bridge the emotional shifts. "Cassie" layers stop-start guitars atop an urgent backbeat and builds to an exultant chorus. "All Around You" augments a wall of power chords with evocative jazzy licks and "Fully Alive" is a cinematic number with angry muted riffs that segue into another glorious refrain.

Flyleaf's infectiously heavy positivism is all the more surprising considering Mosley's struggles while growing up. "My mom was a young single mother of six," she explains. "We didn't have money and things were hard for all of us. We moved whenever we couldn't make ends meet in one place, and that happened pretty often so there was a lot of struggling, suffering and character building.

"It's easy to get depressed when you're dealing with that kind of stress," she continues, "especially when it looks like things will never get better. There was nothing constant in my life, and nothing to believe in. I got into some really bad stuff that I thought would make me feel more loved, or maybe just numb, but it cost me everything that was important to me, and literally almost took my life."

When you take a dive, sometimes you have to hit the bottom before you can swim your way back to the top. For Mosley, writing songs about survival helped her reach the surface and breathe again. "I had to lose everything to look up and see that there is a truly constant hope of a happy ending and that's what we make music for." she says. "If my music helps one person, than it's worth having been through what I've experienced."

Five years ago, Mosley started playing music with drummer James Culpepper. The two joined up with Bhattacharya and Hartmann, who were in a local band that had just split up. "Our first practice together was awesome," Mosley says. "Sameer and Jared are really experimental with melodies and pedals, and we all had different influences that were all blending together with the same passionate and hopeful heart, and that brought out this beautiful feeling. It was magical."

Bassist Pat Seals joined in 2002. "The doors were open and I just happened to walk through at the right time," Seals says.

Flyleaf played anywhere they could slowly but consistently increasing their fanbase with local bands and national acts like Riddlin Kids, Bowling for Soup, Fishbone, and Evanescence. Eventually they landed a show at Austin's legendary annual music convention South by Southwest in 2003.

Although their set started at the un-rock n' roll time of 5 p.m., they rocked the house, which lead to a showcase for various labels. After many meetings and much deliberation, Flyleaf signed with Octone.

Then in early 2005 the band's self-titled debut EP - produced by Rick Parasher (Pearl Jam, Blind Melon) and Brad Cook (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age) - was released and listeners got a taste of the band's poignant songcraft through tracks like "Breathe Today", "Cassie" and "I'm Sorry" which also appear on Flyleaf's full length. To support the EP, Flyleaf toured with Saliva, Breaking Benjamin, 3 Doors Down, Staind and Trust Company, though many of the audiences at these shows had no idea who Flyleaf were when they started playing, every night their spirited performances earned them new fans. To launch the LP, Flyleaf is touring with Cold, Staind and POD.

"We think about where we started and where we are and realize, 'wow, we are playing in front of 1000 people tonight’ states Mosley. "And then we just can't be thankful enough to those bands who gave us a chance to play with them, even though we are sort of nobodies."

In spring 2005, Flyleaf recorded their full-length debut with acclaimed producer Howard Benson, who has previously worked with Papa Roach, My Chemical Romance, POD and All American Rejects. Flyleaf stayed in Los Angeles for two months and worked on more than 20 songs with Benson at Bay 7 Studios. Together they, decided on 12 of them to arrange, fine tune and shape so they best reflected the group's powerful messages and experiences.

"He really took an interest in what we had to say and helped put all the parts in the right places," Mosley says. "We were so used to recording with our friends and finishing whole EPs in a few hours. So it was great to spend 2 months with Howard having this surreal professional experience in every part of the process."

Flyleaf originally called itself Passerby, but another artist trademarked the name before they had the chance. Ultimately the group decided to change its name to something far more befitting of their personal, confessional songs.

"A flyleaf is the blank page at the front of a book," explains Mosley. "It's the dedication page, the place you write a message to someone you're giving a book to. And, that's kind of what our songs are -- personal messages that provide a few moments of clarity before the story begins."

With their tight knit chemistry, compassionate approach and songs that haunt the mind hours after they've stopped playing, Flyleaf are turning heads and leaving crowds wanting more. Indeed, their story has just begun.

11-04-2007, 03:43 PM
YAY!!!! someone else who knows about Flyleaf...well
a lot more then me..but thier music is awsome!!!..i have their CD^^
is it true they're a christian band??

11-04-2007, 03:45 PM
yes they are Xtian band but they don't sound right

11-04-2007, 04:04 PM
oh thanks^^..they sound like a type of metal band..soo i wasn't sure if it was true or not...

11-04-2007, 04:07 PM
thanks^^...they sound like a metal group sooo i
wasn't sure if was true or not...i guess if you listen to
they're lyrics you can figure it out...

11-09-2007, 07:40 AM
Heck yes! I love Flyleaf ^.^ My favorite songs by them are Cassie, All Around Me, I'm So Sick, and Fully Alive. Probably one of the best Christian rock bands out there right now, in my opinion ^.^

11-09-2007, 07:41 AM
yea man flyleaf is an awesome band....they sound really good and the singer is uhhhh great singer

12-03-2007, 01:43 PM
flyleaf is a really cool band. i like there music alost...Fully Alive and Im so Sick are my favorites

12-03-2007, 09:51 PM
I personally liked flyleaf's first two hits.... I really think the rest of isn't all that good. What really dissapointed me was when flyleaf tried redoing "smells like teen spirit" by Nirvana and TOTALLY botched it up... after that I really didn't like flyleaf anymore. When they started of I liked them cause they had that really hard rock sound with "so sick" and the full alive just had a good message but when I listened to the whole CD I found my self dissapointed cause alot of their lyrics aren't that good.

12-04-2007, 02:57 PM
So boring it should be illegal.

12-04-2007, 03:50 PM
Rarely grown tired of a band so fast.
I had fun with the song "I'm So Sick" for a few days, other than that the album is so boring.
It's so... prepared and predictable that you know the music from just reading the song titles.

12-04-2007, 05:18 PM
ummm.... you'd be surprised at how many people don't know the meaning of Flyleaf's songs and just like the sound of their music.

12-04-2007, 09:20 PM
ummm.... you'd be surprised at how many people don't know the meaning of Flyleaf's songs and just like the sound of their music.

That means nothing except they're not paying any attention.

12-04-2007, 11:00 PM
The meaning of the song means everything what are you talking about?

12-05-2007, 01:48 PM
No, it just means the meanings of Flyleaf songs are predictable and unoriginal.

12-06-2007, 02:51 AM
not all... I mean when you saw the title "fully alive" did you think "oh this is about a girl who has had a bad life but still seems to look on the positive side of things" or did you think otherwise?

12-15-2007, 08:14 AM
They're decent. "So Sick" in Rock Band is quite difficult to sing tho >.<

01-14-2008, 12:52 PM
Eh... Fully Alive is a good song. But when I bought their CD, personally- I was sorely disappointed, nothing to me sounded too outstanding. I ended up giving it to someone else. Even Fully Alive is getting old to me now... but I think that's more because of the music station here that over plays it.

02-01-2008, 07:49 PM
Of course I like them. Why else would I have seen them in concert. Plus, you can't say I don't know the meanings to the songs. I listen to the lyrics. As for "Fully Alive". At the concert, she explained the origin of that song. It was sad.:(

Tempest Valkura
03-11-2008, 10:45 PM
Flyleaf is sonic candy. I love "I'm So Sick" and "All Around Me." Awesome group!