Flagship by Flagship on Apple Music

14 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Flagship’s 2012 EP Blackbush drew attention to singer Drake Margolnick and his affecting baritone, which reminded folks of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis (although Margolnick's voice also works as a falsetto). Flagship's 2013 self-titled debut moves well past that comparison to establish a group identity that's flexible but consistent. Producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Youth Lagoon) encouraged the band to capture what it could live in the studio. A kinetic energy is heard throughout, with Michael Finster’s drums and Christopher Comfort’s bass working extremely well with Grant Harding’s keyboards to create both grooves and atmospheres. The immediacy of “Are You Calling”—with note-perfect harmonies from second guitarist Michael Padgett—demands to be a single and the album’s lead-off cut. “Break the Sky” works on a grand anthemic scale, with “Waste Them All” (said to be recorded in one take) and “Wagon” preferring to settle in as tone poems working at a smaller scale. “Hollywood Underwater” stretches out at the piano before turning extraterrestrial. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Flagship’s 2012 EP Blackbush drew attention to singer Drake Margolnick and his affecting baritone, which reminded folks of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis (although Margolnick's voice also works as a falsetto). Flagship's 2013 self-titled debut moves well past that comparison to establish a group identity that's flexible but consistent. Producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Youth Lagoon) encouraged the band to capture what it could live in the studio. A kinetic energy is heard throughout, with Michael Finster’s drums and Christopher Comfort’s bass working extremely well with Grant Harding’s keyboards to create both grooves and atmospheres. The immediacy of “Are You Calling”—with note-perfect harmonies from second guitarist Michael Padgett—demands to be a single and the album’s lead-off cut. “Break the Sky” works on a grand anthemic scale, with “Waste Them All” (said to be recorded in one take) and “Wagon” preferring to settle in as tone poems working at a smaller scale. “Hollywood Underwater” stretches out at the piano before turning extraterrestrial. 

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About Flagship

Songwriters Drake Margolnick and Michael Finster were both hard at work on their own solo careers when they decided to join forces and form Flagship in 2011. Both regulars in the Charlotte, North Carolina music scene, Finster left his group Campbell and took on the role of drummer while Margolnick reconfigured his solo act into material for the newly formed duo. Taking cues from the intensity of early U2 as well as elements of Americana and radio-friendly rock acts, Flagship quickly developed a churning and dreamy sound and was signed to California indie imprint Bright Antenna Records. Debut EP Blackbush was issued in 2012 and was followed the next year by a self-titled full-length. The band toured and recorded frequently, issuing a second EP in 2015's Faded and second album The Electric Man in early 2017. ~ Fred Thomas

  • ORIGIN
    Charlotte, NC
  • FORMED
    2011

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