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Blueflowers are going to be featured in a forthcoming edition of  the Metro Times. Their latest album is available digitally, TODAY!!


The darkly-dreamy Americana-from-the-Outlands quintet are revamped with a lineup shuffle and some fresh ideas coming into the collaborative songwriting process.  I’m eager for everyone to read the piece, featuring an interview with singer Kate Hinote and guitarist Tony Hamera…
…But what you won’t get to read in the article are a few thoughts shared by singer/songwriter Hinote, here in this sort of preview feature…

I’ve known Kate for more than six years now, and I was curious to hear about their experience of sustaining and expanding a band and working as independent musicians in this unpredictable Internet-dominated landscape… 

Kate Hinote: As far as the hustle and sustaining the band, I certainly think it’s easier than ever to promote our band, but it’s easier than ever for everyone, making it harder to get noticed and have people engaged.  I find this endlessly challenging and always admire the creative ways people come up with to make the most of the tools we have available to us. The ability to connect with people through these platforms is going to continue to evolve, no doubt, and it seems we’re just kind of along for the ride.  Due to our general life circumstances, we’re going to once again be figuring out ways to promote our album without a tour, which still seems to be the thing to do to really get the music out there.

Kate Hinote: We’re going to have to get creative with social media, but will also do very traditional album promo and just mail out a disc and hope some people on the other end not only take the time to listen, but that it grabs them enough to want others to hear it. That still hasn’t changed. However we get the song to someone’s ears, it only spreads if they like it enough to want others to hear it. In that sense, it’s all the same.

I regretted not being able to share these in the article. But I wanted to include them here, because it’s an experience (and a struggle) that I think lots (if not all) independent artists can identify with…

That said, we can now look ahead to the Blueflowers’ Album Release Party on November 24th

Kate Hinote: 
I had Matthew Parmenter on an acoustic showcase I put together a couple of summers ago and was blown away by his voice and intensity.  That art and  theatrical element he will bring to the start of the night is perfect for the kind of show we want to have. Warhorses is very vibey and atmospheric, lots of fuzz too. We’re so excited to be back at Ghost Light Hamtramck for this show. Our favorite show last year was on that stage and they have been great in letting us make the night what we want it to be.

Doors are at 8p with music starting promptly at 9p.  $5 cover.

And while you’re here, you might want to check out (not only the full album, streaming,) but my own personal favorite track, demonstrating the brave stylistic leaps and bounds of the album in terms of the Blueflowers canon.  

Blueflowers New Album Pre-Orders Are Here!

That’s right, friends…for all who’ve been asking, here is your chance to pre-order our new album, ‘Circus On Fire’! As you may or may not know, we’ve had a bit of a musical shake-up since we released our last album, ‘At The Edge of Disaster’ in 2014 – a few member changes and a very different approach to our songwriting process. 

Today we are launching our pre-order campaign through PledgeMusic.com – a great platform for helping independent artists get their music to their fans. We are also extremely excited to be releasing our new video/single, ‘Look At Yourself’.

The digital album will be available on November 1st via Bandcamp.com and the vinyl on November 24th. To celebrate its release, our LP Release Party will be on Nov 24th at Ghost Light in Hamtramck…more info down the road for that one :)

Please click the banner below to go to our PledgeMusic page and pre order your CD, downloads, or vinyl today!

 
Thank you for supporting independent music! xoxoxoxo

Blueflowers News Update!

Hello friends!
Since our last post, we’ve been super busy writing, rehearsing, and recording the new
album. We’ve got 5 in the can and are finishing the recording process later this month!
Our goal is a November release, but we will keep you posted. In the coming weeks we’ll
have other things coming your way, including our LP pre-order campaign.

Here is promo a video we did for the new album, check it out!

Important Band Update!

Hello friends!

     I’m writing this special blog post to let you all know what’s been going on and what to expect from us in the future. As you may or may not know, we’ve been going through some personal (and musical) changes within the band the past 18 months or so. Since July of 2016, we’ve lost two members, gained one back, and have recommitted ourselves to our music and achieving something new and original in the future…and that future starts NOW… First, a little recap for you…

    Last year, we brought Marvin Shaouni back into the fold as our bass player (after Erica, our original bassist, left in 2016). Marvin was our original drummer and was with us for the recording of Watercolor Ghost Town (2009). Having him back today has completely changed the energy and musical focus of the band with his gritty, percussive, playing style.

     This past weekend we said goodbye to Erin, our longtime keyboardist and backing vocalist, who has chosen to move on from music (for now, at least) and pursue a new life in Ohio. We have collectively chosen not to attempt to replace her special talents and to move forward as a five-piece band.

     With all that’s gone on, we felt compelled to try something new and (hopefully) exciting for all of our fans. The new ideas we are coming up with for the sound is a paradigm shift for us. Because of that, I briefly flirted with the idea of starting a whole new band, but decided to just shake things up in Blueflowers land and not throw away all we’ve achieved.

    So what should you expect from us going forward? Well, musically we’ve stripped it down, beefed it up, purchased some fuzz pedals, smashed the acoustic guitar (not really, just symbolically), and threw our old cookbook in the trash…that’s about all I want to tell you at the moment; we want to really surprise you folks when the time is right. Our plan is to get into the studio, release our 5th album sometime in 2018, play some shows, and just have a good time.

     Until then, we’ll see you for the first time as Blueflowers on March 2nd for The Hamtramck Music Festival.

Best,
Tony Hamera
Feb 2018

Special Performance at Rochester Hills Public Library

Hi friends!  We hope you are having a wonderful 2018, and staying warm and healthy!  Just a quick note to let you know about a special performance coming up that our long time fans will not want to miss.  On Sunday, February 18th, we will be performing a classic Bloofs set at the Rochester Hills Public Library from 2p to 3:30p.  This is a free event in an intimate setting, and seating is limited.  This will also be our last performance with Erin, who is moving out of state very soon to start a new chapter in her life.  We’re definitely going to miss her and those haunting harmonies and keys, but we’re taking the opportunity to start a new chapter too and we’re pretty excited about it. We’ll tell you more about that when it’s time, but for now… we hope to see you at the library on the 18th!

Until Next Time…

Beacon Park Detroit is an absolutely beautiful space and we had a delightful evening last night. Thank you to everyone that joined us and all that were involved in making it so!

It might be a bit before you hear from us again, but we’re not going anywhere! It’s time to see where our new creative energy takes us! We’ll be hunkering down over the next few months writing and recording, so stay tuned for updated from the studio!

In the meantime, our acoustic trio, Kate Hinote & The Disasters, will be playing all of your favorite Bloofs tunes (as well as a few choice covers) around town and elsewhere, and we’ll keep you posted about some of their disastrous adventures.

Until next time, friends! xo

The Blueflowers Return to the Stage June 9th 2017!

After nearly a year off from live shows, The Blueflowers can’t wait to get back to it with a slightly stripped down set at one of the area’s best listening rooms, Trinity House Theatre in Livonia!  Timothy Monger, is fresh off the release of his album, Amber Lantern, and will be starting the evening off with a solo set.

8p / $15

This is an intimate room with limited seating

Our New Digital EP Now Available For FREE Download!

Our new digital EP is now available for FREE download! You can choose MP3, WAV, AIFF, and other high resolution formats! WAV and AIFF formats are uploaded at 24 bit/48 khz!
Please share and play LOUD!

Our Brand New Single is HERE!

We are so excited to share our new song with you!  It’s called “You Won’t Like This Part” and for now you can stream it and get to know it below:

Special thanks to Annette DeLorean for creating some gorgeous cover art to go along with it!

On Friday, May 20th, we will be releasing the single, along with a b-side, for FREE digital download over at Bandcamp, and celebrating the release at New Way Bar in Ferndale, MI, joined by our friends Anthony Retka’s Big Parade, Dormont Police, and Michelle Held.  There’s a $5 cover and doors are at 9p!  It’s one of only two local shows we currently have on the books for this summer, so we hope to see you there!

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