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FLASHCLASH

Detroit, Michigan, United States | INDIE

Detroit, Michigan, United States | INDIE
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by Ian Cruz

Hey, Ferndale. I heard you guys like to dance – is that so? Because FLASHCLASH – the astounding new age rock/electro/house groove band – is going to be invading the Magic Bag on February 3.

With their bleeps and bloops, Flash Clash remains the strongest “psycho-electro” band hailing from Michigan. The band seems to have great affection for outer space and the psychedelic. According to front man Yorg in a recent interview with MetroTimes, he describes their shows as having “visuals shooting at the audience from all angles, choreographed lights and black light jungles.”

In support of their latest effort, “Born of Astronauts EP,” FLASHCLASH is making their rounds all across the mitten state – so don’t miss their February 3 stop at the Magic Bag, as it promises to be an out-of-this-world experience. - Ian Cruz - iSPY Magazine


It's taking a retro sound and making it modern. It's attempting to produce an arena-worthy show on a nightclub budget and using a bizarre, otherworldly, from-the-future concept. Meet Flashclash.

The electronic dance-pop band is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and lead vocalist Yorg Kerasiotis -- best known for his work with the now-defunct rock-jam band Bump.

Bump spent nine years as a band, put out three albums and toured relentlessly. "I wanted Bump to be together for like 30 years, and it was heartbreaking for me," Kerasiotis says of the band's demise.

Taking his love of groups like Pink Floyd, the Beatles and the Flaming Lips, Kerasiotis jumped out of the comfort zone of a full band and recruited Costa Dedes to join him in Flashclash.

"We put guitars, keyboards, theremins and things like that all through analog synthesizers," Kerasiotis says. "We have a whole backstory about how we have to travel to the past to retrieve the last known analog synthesizers and that's how we create the future."

"Born of Astronauts," the group's debut album, was released in September. The band has been around about a year, playing festivals and venturing throughout Michigan and the Midwest, but will make its big local debut Friday at the Magic Bag in Ferndale.

Kerasiotis describes the live show: "You're seeing our reality and your future. We're time-traveling in and out of the concert. It's like a Broadway show with choreography, theatrics, video and light. For every single second of music, there is video that corresponds with it. If you come see us, I want you to feel like you're on another planet."

Though Kerasiotis and Carroll-Coe are the heart of the group, additional musicians -- drummer Mike Shea (Ella Riot), horn player John Rutherford (Motor City Horns) and Costa Dedes on guitar and sounds -- are in some live performances.

"Bryce and I play like five instruments on stage," Kerasiotis says.

The Magic Bag gig will feature "a whole second set for the first time, more lighting and bigger sets," Kerasiotis says.

A new album is in the works and the band will head to Austin, Texas, in March to perform at the annual South By Southwest music gathering.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Friday, the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. 248-544-3030. $8. Openers are Wireless G and Tunde Olaniran.

For more: www.flashclash.com - Rachel May - Detroit Free Press


By Travis R. Wright
PUBLISHED: AUGUST 4, 2011
FlashClash is all ethereal electro pop, but there are hints of Robbie Williams and Phil Collins clashing, as it were, with MGMT, Animal Collective, and Ace of Bass. We spoke with their ever-flashy frontman, Yorg.

Metro Times: This press shot promises spectacle. Do you deliver?
Yorg: The whole point of FlashClash is to bring an interactive and theatrical spectacle to the audience. Every second of our live show has been calculated and choreographed to change the human psyche and bring about a paradigm shift. It's a psychedelic experience from start to finish. There are visuals shooting at the audience from all angles, choreographed lights and black light jungles.

MT: What's the most Fucking Awesome thing about your band?
Yorg: That we are from the year 2987 and we can use the power of the FlashClash to travel through different dimensions. In the future, a small group of exiles known as anthromorphists will develop a technique using analog synthesizers to open wormholes.

MT: So FlashClash is best listened to while ...
Yorg: Time traveling on drugs.

MT: And if you If you could pick up a third member from the annals of music history, it be ..
Yorg: Brian Eno, because of his abilities to create infinite electronic soundscapes.

MT: People might recognize you from a band of the past, Bump. What sets this new project apart?
Yorg: Bump only flirted with some electronic nuances – FlashClash is high octane, in your face with choirs of outer space vocals and instrumental orgasms!

FlashClash’s record release party coincides with the Fucking Awesome Fest launch party on August 10.The Fucking Awesome Fest is August 10 - 13 at the Majestic Complex and a whole - Travis R. Wright - Detroit Metro Times


I've seen loads of local bands, but Flashclash is the one of the few local bands I haven't caught live yet. That's all about to change this Friday when Flashclash play the Shelter for their "May the 4th Be With You" show. I've heard so much about their exuberant and electric performances that it's only been a series of misfortunate events that have kept me from seeing them thus far.
Flashclash is an electro-dance that combine elements of rock and jazz in their sound to create music that takes a bit of MGMT and expands it to something unclassifiable yet wholly accessible. Check out their smaller shows while you can because Flashclash is going big places real fast.
Enjoy their lastest video "Spiraling:" - MOTORCITYBLOG


Aptly named new Motor City buzzer plays "modern" sweet electro-pop backed by live performances that are sometimes visualized with inventive neon, futuristic displays and some ear-bending laptop jammin’. - Detroit Metro Times


Hellbent III, Russell Industrial Center, Detroit
The members of electro-pop band Flashclash are experts when it comes to putting on a show, but even they know that things can get challenging when the witching season is near.

Halloween "seems like the one day that no matter how normal you are, everybody is out to be crazy that night and down for anything," says Flashclash's Yorg Kerasiotis. "It's almost like a festival sort of feel. It's more hectic because there are more DJs and bands and you play to more people. You've got people that are not your regular fans, too."

Crud and HafLife will also bring their bone-crunching sounds to the 10,000-square-foot venue Saturday. Appearances by DJ Pleasure Kitten and Wolfman Mac of "Wolfman Mac's Chiller Drive-In" TV show are in the works, too. - Detroit Free Press


By Travis R. Wright
PUBLISHED: AUGUST 4, 2011
FlashClash is all ethereal electro pop, but there are hints of Robbie Williams and Phil Collins clashing, as it were, with MGMT, Animal Collective, and Ace of Bass. We spoke with their ever-flashy frontman, Yorg.

Metro Times: This press shot promises spectacle. Do you deliver?
Yorg: The whole point of FlashClash is to bring an interactive and theatrical spectacle to the audience. Every second of our live show has been calculated and choreographed to change the human psyche and bring about a paradigm shift. It's a psychedelic experience from start to finish. There are visuals shooting at the audience from all angles, choreographed lights and black light jungles.

MT: What's the most Fucking Awesome thing about your band?
Yorg: That we are from the year 2987 and we can use the power of the FlashClash to travel through different dimensions. In the future, a small group of exiles known as anthromorphists will develop a technique using analog synthesizers to open wormholes.

MT: So FlashClash is best listened to while ...
Yorg: Time traveling on drugs.

MT: And if you If you could pick up a third member from the annals of music history, it be ..
Yorg: Brian Eno, because of his abilities to create infinite electronic soundscapes.

MT: People might recognize you from a band of the past, Bump. What sets this new project apart?
Yorg: Bump only flirted with some electronic nuances – FlashClash is high octane, in your face with choirs of outer space vocals and instrumental orgasms!

FlashClash’s record release party coincides with the Fucking Awesome Fest launch party on August 10.The Fucking Awesome Fest is August 10 - 13 at the Majestic Complex and a whole - Detroit Metro Times


By Travis R. Wright
PUBLISHED: AUGUST 4, 2011
FlashClash is all ethereal electro pop, but there are hints of Robbie Williams and Phil Collins clashing, as it were, with MGMT, Animal Collective, and Ace of Bass. We spoke with their ever-flashy frontman, Yorg.

Metro Times: This press shot promises spectacle. Do you deliver?
Yorg: The whole point of FlashClash is to bring an interactive and theatrical spectacle to the audience. Every second of our live show has been calculated and choreographed to change the human psyche and bring about a paradigm shift. It's a psychedelic experience from start to finish. There are visuals shooting at the audience from all angles, choreographed lights and black light jungles.

MT: What's the most Fucking Awesome thing about your band?
Yorg: That we are from the year 2987 and we can use the power of the FlashClash to travel through different dimensions. In the future, a small group of exiles known as anthromorphists will develop a technique using analog synthesizers to open wormholes.

MT: So FlashClash is best listened to while ...
Yorg: Time traveling on drugs.

MT: And if you If you could pick up a third member from the annals of music history, it be ..
Yorg: Brian Eno, because of his abilities to create infinite electronic soundscapes.

MT: People might recognize you from a band of the past, Bump. What sets this new project apart?
Yorg: Bump only flirted with some electronic nuances – FlashClash is high octane, in your face with choirs of outer space vocals and instrumental orgasms!

FlashClash’s record release party coincides with the Fucking Awesome Fest launch party on August 10.The Fucking Awesome Fest is August 10 - 13 at the Majestic Complex and a whole - Detroit Metro Times


By Travis R. Wright
PUBLISHED: AUGUST 4, 2011
FlashClash is all ethereal electro pop, but there are hints of Robbie Williams and Phil Collins clashing, as it were, with MGMT, Animal Collective, and Ace of Bass. We spoke with their ever-flashy frontman, Yorg.

Metro Times: This press shot promises spectacle. Do you deliver?
Yorg: The whole point of FlashClash is to bring an interactive and theatrical spectacle to the audience. Every second of our live show has been calculated and choreographed to change the human psyche and bring about a paradigm shift. It's a psychedelic experience from start to finish. There are visuals shooting at the audience from all angles, choreographed lights and black light jungles.

MT: What's the most Fucking Awesome thing about your band?
Yorg: That we are from the year 2987 and we can use the power of the FlashClash to travel through different dimensions. In the future, a small group of exiles known as anthromorphists will develop a technique using analog synthesizers to open wormholes.

MT: So FlashClash is best listened to while ...
Yorg: Time traveling on drugs.

MT: And if you If you could pick up a third member from the annals of music history, it be ..
Yorg: Brian Eno, because of his abilities to create infinite electronic soundscapes.

MT: People might recognize you from a band of the past, Bump. What sets this new project apart?
Yorg: Bump only flirted with some electronic nuances – FlashClash is high octane, in your face with choirs of outer space vocals and instrumental orgasms!

FlashClash’s record release party coincides with the Fucking Awesome Fest launch party on August 10.The Fucking Awesome Fest is August 10 - 13 at the Majestic Complex and a whole - Detroit Metro Times


Music from Motown Detroit is alive and doing well, thanks to Flashclash, an electronic/indie/pop band with their new release “Born of Astronauts.”

From the opening note, you are immediately drawn into this band’s music … it’s dreamy, it’s catchy, and filled with great melodic combinations throughout. Song after song leaves you wanting more!

A few tunes from Flashclash’s new release may recall early R.E.M. and a bit of The Who’s Pete Townsend solo stuff, nonetheless lead singer Yorg Kerasiotis brings his own distinct style to the out-of-this-world “Born of Astronauts.” - Michael Yessian - Yessian Music


Discography

Born Of Astronauts EP (2011)
The Big 3 - Compilation (2012)
Counting Electronic Sheep LP (2013)

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During 2012, FLASHCLASH has toured major markets throughout the midwest supporting their debut EP "BORN OF ASTRONAUTS." They will be releasing their first full length album on Exchange Bureau Records in March of 2013 tentatively titled "COUNTING ELECTRONIC SHEEP."

Deeply embedded in different generations and movements ahead of, before, and surrounding, FLASHCLASH studies and reconnects mixtures of psycho-electro choirs in outer space jungles through vast oceans of sound. FLASHCLASH revives perspective-changing musical intrigue, sustains emotional and visual resonance and reminds spiraling crowds of a memory not yet had with pulsating and organic-electronic anthems. Drawing comparisons to modern bands like Passion Pit and Empire of the Sun, FLASHCLASH's Born of Astronauts is equally reminiscent of 80s new wave titans Brian Eno and Talking Heads.