Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
A Flourishing Scourge was the brain child of original members Tye Jones (Vox, Guitar) and Josh Keifer (Drums), who originally formed the band under the name Begotten. In 2014, I (Kevin Carbrey – Bass) joined, and we changed the name to A Flourishing Scourge. As we looked for a lead guitar player, we finished writing the songs that would become 2015’s Demo EP “As Beauty Fades Away.” Andrew Dennis joined in mid-2015 and the band immediately began playing live in the Seattle area, and then subsequently released the EP on our own label, Begotten Records. After the release of the EP, we began working on their full length debut. Josh left the band, and the remaining members entered Gojira’s Silver Cord Studio in June 2016 with Decrepit Birth’s Samus Paulicelli doing the session drum work. Shortly thereafter, Elijah Losch joined the band full time on drums, and then we completed a West Coast tour in the fall of 2016. Since then, we’ve been mixing and mastering the album and, upon its release in June, will be gearing up for another touring run this fall.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
We like to call it Extreme Prog Metal, simply because the list of genres that our music encompasses would be a page long. We’re heavily influenced by early thrash, black and death metal, as well as a lot of progressive music, be it jazz, rock or metal. We count everything from Tool and Pink Floyd to Opeth, Enslaved, Agalloch, and Behemoth as influences, but all of us typically list early Metallica as the reason we started playing music.
Why should a Metalhead buy your demos/albums?
To hear something a little different. While we typically get compared to bands like Opeth because of the mix of aggressive black and death metal passages juxtaposed against acoustic and ambient sections, I really don’t think we sound like anyone else out there in the metal spectrum. I think everyone, regardless of favorite genre, can find a little something they like in our songs, and hopefully that will make it appealing to a broader range of metal fans. It seems like, these days, listeners don’t just have bands they love or hate, but entire sub genres. I hope we can transcend those boundaries a little.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
To date, we’ve only released our demo EP, “As Beauty Fades Away”, which was put out in September of 2015. It’s available from all the normal outlets, and represents a very early incarnation of the band with songs that sound a bit more raw than the songs we are playing today. The EP was received very well, and really gave us the foundation upon which we’ve built our vision for the future. The new album, “A Flourishing Scourge”, will be released on June 9th. We’ve only just begun promoting its release over the past two weeks, however the reviews and comments we’ve received to date have been very complimentary. The first track of the album is currently available to stream on Bandcamp, as well as YouTube.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Yes, we play live quite frequently. We’ve played about 50 shows since May of 2015. These days we play locally about every 2 or 3 months, and typically prefer to open for major touring bands. In the last year we’ve opened for Deicide, Kataklysm, The Ocean and Marduk. We also completed our first tour in the fall of 2016, playing a 14 date West Coast tour that took us through Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Idaho. It was a great experience and we got to meet so many great bands and metal fans. It’s really inspiring to see the amount of amazingly talented musicians and bands out there.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
Of course I’m biased, but I think that we kind of stand out from the crowd, simply because we are hard to classify. We have a wide range of fans based on the diversity of our sound. Our music is very challenging to play, but we all work very hard at our craft, and our live shows really capture those dynamics well. If someone comes to an AFS show, they are going to see and hear things they’ve never experienced before, not only from the music, but also from a live show that incorporates several visual components as well.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
The album will be officially released on June 9th. We’re going to play a couple of local release shows to celebrate its completion, and then plan on taking a well-deserved break for a couple of months this summer. After that, we’ll be ramping up to tour again in the fall, and are looking for partners in labels, booking agents, and management, to help take us to the next level.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can check us out at all of the normal outlets, iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Bandcamp etc., and we can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aflourishingscourge, and our own webpage www.aflourishingscourge.com. The album is currently available for pre-sale via Bandcamp here: http://aflourishingscourge.bandcamp.com/album/a-flourishing-scourge
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