Developed From Disaster: The Blueflowers Embrace Chaos & Create The New Caustic Cool
Detroit six-piece released their fourth full length, At The Edge Of Disaster, October 24, 2014
It’s pretty tough to leave the world of The Blueflowers once the song starts. You may not want to.
The Detroit-based outfit set the mood, they dim the lights, they spark the projector and they transport the listener. Reimagining Americana across-the-board with much more mystique and a much tighter kick, they’ll bewitch you then they’ll break your heart with their post-millennial torch songs, cinematic spins and nostalgia-pop, slow-dance jukebox jams.
Led by the husband/wife songwriting-duo of singer Kate Hinote and guitarist/producer Tony Hamera, The Blueflowers evoke a noir-drenched neverland of Western-rock and strutting bubblegum pop clouded by a surreal, cinematic haze of reverb.
The group began performing and recording in 2008, eventually self-releasing their debut Watercolor Ghost Town, in 2009. Produced by Hamera, The Metro Times called it “…a genuinely beautiful and touching piece of work…Hinote’s voice remains note-perfect and goosebump-inducing throughout; the musicianship is finely executed and lovingly arranged.”
The Metro Times would crown their 2011 follow-up In Line With The Broken-Hearted, Detroit’s “Best Indie-Release” of the year. Retrospective Magazine credited their sensibility for striking “a weepy but wonderful wall of sensuous sounds, sad but strengthening, emotionally deep without being a downer.” With longtime members David Johnson and Erica Stephens on acoustic guitar and bass, the group welcomed talented journeyman drummer Jim Faulkner on drums after their first couple of years together.
2012’s Stealing the Moon was a transcending trip “down the rabbit hole,” as RUSTZINE called it, inducing vibes of a “David Lynch-esque Blue Velvet world of dark shadows, cigarette smoke and strong liquor…” Hamera, meanwhile, with his production of the record, cited the dreamy, mellifluous melodrama of icons such as Roy Orbison, The Zombies, Mazzy Star and Nick Cave. Local keyboardist/singer Erin Williams joined to further augment the dark beauty of these songs after having enhanced The Blueflowers’ live show the year leading up to Stealing the Moon’s release.
Hamera and Hinote welcomed their first child in 2012, which understandably caused a more chaotic writing process for their newest full-length album At The Edge Of Disaster.
The consistent amplification of emotions (call it healthy stress or creative chaos), actually led to an even more effusive and inspired creation of markedly more eclectic songs. Their fourth album proves to be their most diverse, demonstrating a range of sounds and sensations, from the slow and sludgy “A Little Is Too Much,” to the speedier, surf-inspired “Almost Crazy.” Keeping their sanity, in fact, “…at the edge of disaster,” describes the experience of Hamera and Hinote as they balanced parenthood and day-jobs with the creative side of writing and recording. The result is something a little more exposed, a little more raw, and darker than previous albums.
Kate Hinote – voice
Tony Hamera – guitar
David Johnson – acoustic guitar
Erica Stephens – bass
Erin Williams – organ/backing vocals
Jim Faulkner – the drums