Fresh off the back of their huge UK & European tour, fast-rising British alt-pop band, Flawes have just released their highly anticipated debut album Highlights, alongside the single and title track, which was co-written with Nick Atkinson and Ed Holloway (Lewis Capaldi, Gabrielle Aplin).
“The song ‘Highlights’ explores my relationship with social media, and how in certain instances it can affect real life relationships and the real world in a negative way. I tend to always overthink situations, so it’s a cynical look on this that builds up to the line ‘Nothing’s real but no one needs to know’.”
Speaking of the album, the band said: “Highlights represents the journey we’ve taken as a band over the last three years. Our sound has naturally evolved and we couldn’t be happier with where it has ended up. These 12 songs are quite literally the highlights from the writing process.”
As for their playlist: “Hey, it’s JC, Huss and Freddie from Alternative/Pop band Flawes. We’re from the UK and these are our top 10 songs we’ve been listening to whilst on the road supporting AJR around Europe, accompanied by the perfect time we have been listening to them!”
1. Start the Day… Miguel – ‘Pineapple Skies’
“This is such an uplifting song. The first 4 bars almost sound like an alarm clock. It’s hard not to smile when this is on!”
2. Drive from Hotel to Venue… Haim – ‘Now I’m In It’
“We heard this on radio 2 just before we came out on this tour and haven’t been able to stop listening to it since.”
3. Hour 5 of a Drive… John Mayer – ‘Queen Of California’
“This album has a super chilled, country vibe to it. It’s great to listen to on long drives.”
4. Pre-stage Hype… Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Ludens’
“Huss has always been a huge fan of BMTH, a great band that have adapted their music as they’ve grown. Midway through the song, it takes me back to those 2010 mosh pits.”
5. Pre-performance / Last Song Before Stage… Peter Gabriel – ‘Sledgehammer’
“We always play this song in our dressing room as the last song before we go on stage, it gets us pumped, into the zone and we all have a little dance.”
6. Straight After Set… Flawes – ‘Here To Stay (Fickle Friends Remix)’
“The guys in Fickle Friends just did a remix of our song ‘Here To Stay’. We love what they did with it and we always play it over the speakers after our set!”
7. Post-Performance Cool Down… Camilla Cabello – ‘Easy’
“This is a nice one for relaxing in the dressing room, just a beautiful voice and killer chorus.”
8. Favourite AJR Tune… AJR – ‘Weak’
“This is our favourite song from the AJR brothers. It’s an incredible moment during their live show and has a really uplifting message.”
9. After Show Party… One Republic – ‘Kids’
“We first heard this song in a taxi in downtown LA and loved it. It takes us back to that trip and is the perfect pre night out tune!”
10. Flight / Drive Home from Tour… Daniel Caesar – ‘Japanese Denim’
“This guy is super talented and has worked alongside some amazing artists. The perfect chilled vibe to get home to.”
Flawes’ debut album, Highlights is out now. Order HERE.
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