Flipron, the British quartet that has been described as "Tom Waits meets The Kinks on a carnival midway," will make their U.S. debut in September with a string of showcase dates that begin in New York at The Bitter End on September 11. Drawing on diverse musical influences as far-ranging as 1920's Hawaiian Steel guitar rags, laid-back Western Swing, Klezmer stomps and old-time folk ballads, Flipron are known as brilliant wordsmiths and entertaining eccentrics. Their milieu is classic rock songs that take winding, unexpected turns, as evidenced on the newly-released sampler CD, WITH BREATH BATED AND EYELIDS UNBLINKING, which was specially compiled for the U.S. shows with selections from the band's three studio albums.
Before arriving in the U.S., the band played several high profile summer shows in the U.K., including a 10-date stint at the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival and an appearance at the prestigious Glastonbury Festival that takes place annually in the band's hometown. Flipron have played the Glastonbury Festival (this year's Festival was attended by over 150,000 people) six years in a row, with 2008 seeing them play a record 10 shows on separate stages at the event.
Signed in the U.K. to independent Tiny Dog Records and hailed by the British press as "the most original band in the UK," Flipron is a band that continually marches to the beat of their own drummer. As example, the video for their new single, "The Coolest Names in Showbiz," was shot on location in Dorset and made for a whopping £80 using one light borrowed from videographer Alex Heath. The video, in which members of the band tie frontman and songwriter Jesse Budd to a chair and cut off his curly mop of hair, can be viewed on YouTube. The song, which includes lyrics like "Your mouth is doing business in some well paid conversation/while a million pigeons launch in geometrical formations and hanging high above your head," is about "sacrificing an easy life to discover what you might really be capable of," according to the band. "We at least discovered that the strutting, curly haired singer was capable of having his hair cut." "The Coolest Names in Showbiz" is included on the BREATH BATED sampler. It is available from iTunes and other digital outlets.
Flipron comprises Jesse Budd (vocals, guitar, mandolin, lap steel, accordion); Joe Atkinson (organ, piano, backing vocals), Mike Chitty (drums) and John Thompson (electric bass). They are poised to conquer America with their unconventional approach to music.
Their scheduled U.S. appearances are as follows: September 11-The Bitter End, New York; 14-Hotel Café, Los Angeles; 16-3rd and Lindsley, Nashville; and 17--World Cafe Live, Philadelphia.