flor // co.yh north american tour, Handsome Ghost

Room: Upstairs
2915 N. Main
Houston, TX 77009
Date: Monday February 26, 2018 Doors: 7:00 PM
 

Headliner:

  • flor

Opener:

  • Handsome Ghost
Price Levels
 
 
With their nuanced songwriting and inventive sensibilities, flor use their songs to explore
feelings of longing and heartache, anxiety and self-doubt. On their debut album come out,
you're hiding, singer/guitarist Zach Grace, bassist Dylan Bauld, guitarist McKinley Kitts, and
drummer Kyle Hill alternately magnify and brighten those feelings by dreaming up an
intensely cinematic take on synth-driven alt-pop. But for all its transportive melodies and
triumphant mood, come out, you're hiding was born from a place of painful vulnerability.
"Making this album has really been about me coming out my shell and getting over whatever
block I have about letting people know what's going on in my head," says Grace, who serves
as chief lyricist for the L.A.-based, Oregon-bred band. "A lot of people probably struggle
with believing in themselves that way, and the album's a testament to overcoming that."
Mostly recorded in Bauld's bedroom studio, with its title nodding to Grace's reclusive
tendencies, come out, you're hiding achieves its intimate feel thanks partly to a process that flor
adopted soon after moving to L.A. "I'd started experimenting with different production
styles, and I ended up coming up with these sounds that weren't anything like what we'd
done before," recalls Bauld, flor's main producer. "Ever since then, I'll make a basic track
and take it to Dylan, and he'll build it from there," adds Grace. "Starting out on my own
makes writing a little easier," he continues. "I can get it all out in a very journal-like way, and
then pull back and process things a bit before putting it all out into the world."
Not only essential in instilling come out, you're hiding with unfettered honesty, flor's creative
approach has shaped their singular sound. Mixed by Andrew Maury (Atlas Genius, Panama
Wedding), come out, you're hiding infuses its crystalline textures with the heavy guitars and fierce
drumming that flor's long brought to their live show. "We used to hold ourselves back and
try to keep it simple, but now we're doing whatever we can to make these big moments
within our songs," says Bauld, who's also produced records for such artists as Halsey.
With its airy beats and soaring melodies, "Guarded" starts off come out, you're hiding by
offering a confession of insecurity. "‘Guarded' is about building up this castle around me
and having it torn down, and trying to deal with losing that feeling of comfort," says Grace.
On "Where Do You Go," shimmering guitar tones match the song's tender romanticism.
"It's about a couple with this unspeakable joy about them," explains Grace. "It's asking,
‘Where do you go to find love like that?', because it's so undeniably special." Also on come
out, you're hiding, flor bring their dreamy introspection to songs like "Overbehind," whose
determined self-assurance makes for a sublimely uplifting closing track.
Growing up in the tiny town of Hood River, Grace, Bauld, and Kitts first created music
together as teenagers. Once they'd brought Hill into the fold and begun making their name
as a captivating live act, the band pushed forward in their career by relocating to L.A. Taking
on the name flor-a word that translates to flower in Portuguese-the band soon landed a
deal with Fueled by Ramen, who released their debut EP Sounds in February 2016.
Despite his initial shyness about sharing his lyrics on come out, you're hiding, Grace says he's
ultimately emboldened by flor's lavish arrangements. "As soon as my lyrics are in the songs
and they've got that beautiful production on them, I love that people are learning who I am
and what flor is about," he notes. "Hopefully they're finding something in it to make them
feel some kind of companionship-like we're all going through these things together."
Event Details
This show is All Ages
Room:
Upstairs
Date:
Monday February 26, 2018
Doors:
7:00 PM
Promoters: