Tuesday 19th March 2024
Doors 7:00 pm
Price £13.50 + booking fee / £17.50 on the door
Melting Vinyl & Love thy Neighbour presents:
Flamingods + Special guests
Doors 7pm / Start 7.30pm
£13.50 + booking fee / £17.50 on the door
Age restrictions – Over 18s
Alongside Kamal Rasool, Flamingods are Sam Rowe, Karthik Poduval and Charles Prest. Although still barely 30 years old individually, Flamingods have been playing music together under various guises since the age of sixteen. Grounded in their shared youth growing up in Bahrain, it’s this brotherly bond that underpins their near telepathic level of musicality. Having been based out of London for the past decade, the band have earned their reputation as a singular fixture in the UK scene. Weaving kinetically through psychedelia, new wave, electronica and punk – often within the same song – is a bit of a specialty for the band, as is their knack for blending in influences from their unique cultural heritages (with eight nationalities between them) and love of 70s British rock and roll. “We’re a band of mixed-race boys making alternative rock music, something that’s quite rare within our scene” comments Poduval,“we’re very much influenced by our heritage (Middle Eastern, South Asian, West African and British) but aren’t engrossed in making traditional or obvious rock music. We’d rather make it our own.”
Flamingods Head of Pomegranate , the new album is out now from the much-loved London quartet, recorded in Atlanta with Grammy award-winning producer Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, M.I.A).
The album title comes from the Arabic translation of Ras Rumman رأس الرمان; the name of the Bahraini village where frontperson Kamal Rasool’s late Father grew up, a place where pomegranates were once cultivated. Kamal lost his dad to Covid during the writing process, which had a notable impact on the LP’s direction. Tributes are scattered throughout the record; which traverses themes of grief, spirituality, culture, identity and recovery.
As well as sold out headline shows through the UK, the band have appeared at major festivals including End of the Road, Field Day, Greenman and Glastonbury. As long standing favourites of BBC 6Music, Flamingods have hit the playlist multiple times, with sessions under their belt for Lauren Laverne, Giles Peterson and Vic Galloway. With the announcement of Head of Pomegranate, Flamingods firmly plant the seeds for what’s to come next, an era set to blossom with the collective at the the height of their craft.
‘Flamingods are on something of a cultural quest that knows no rules’ Loud & Quiet
‘ A little bit of Animal Collective, a little bit of Soundway’s catalogue, a little bit of electronic, tropical, Vampire Weekendisms. I love this band’ Gilles Peterson