The Fling
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The Fling

Long Beach, California, United States | INDIE

Long Beach, California, United States | INDIE
Band Rock Folk


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"[Locals Only] The Fling"

The Fling's four members have excellent taste in music...Their influences include John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band, the Zombies' Odessey and Oracle, the Band's Music from Big Pink, the Beach Boys' Smile, David Bowie's Hunky Dory, the Flying Burrito Brothers' Gilded Palace of Sin, Os Mutantes' self-titled LP, the Pixies' Surfer Rosa, Television's Marquee Moon, and Tom Waits' Swordfishtrombones...As the above litany suggests, they're faithful disciples of the rock canon and its eccentrics..."The Breaks" is laid-back, feel-good rock that's light on its feet and as smooth as an Elliott Smith B-side. The beautiful, multilayered vocal harmonies and ambling gait on "Lonely Fool" tips its moptop to mid-'60s Beatles and Beach Boys. The ambitious "Strange Ideas" sounds like Gram Parsons country-ing up Abbey Road. "Get Back" is a velvety ballad with the diaphanous melodic contours of the Left Banke. Finally, "Cold Comfort" returns to the Beatles' hallowed 1969 LP, with ominous yet alluring chord progressions...

The Fling...are competent craftsmen working in the tunes-über-alles rock tradition.


- OC Weekly

"The Type of Fling One Actually Remembers"

"The sounds of The Fling bring a concisely excitable form of indie-rock to the table...they provide immediate satisfaction with an array of suavely executed hooks, all complemented by a familiarly invigorating fusion of varying styles that focuses as much on the past as it does on the present...With elements of classic ’60s pop, ’90s alternative, and contemporary indie-rock clashing fluidly to create a strangely nostalgic effect."

- Obscure Sound

"Discovering The Undiscovered"

The SoCal foursome blends together a unique mix of folk, pop, and psychedelic rock to create a sound that is both familiar and new...their songs can range anywhere from a slow, acoustic waltz reminiscent of Elliott Smith to a complete wall of sound like that of Pink Floyd. Constantly experimenting with multi-layered harmonies, arrangement and instruments, the result is always interesting.

Link: - Filter Magazine

"Detroit Bar Launches Into October Residency with The Fling"

"... the next four Mondays will be dominated by Long Beach psych-pop outfit the Fling. With a steady amount of touring through the summer months, this 60s inspired four piece... prepares to cast their net every Monday, hoping to snag some Detroit regulars.

Obviously this isn't the first time their jangly, lo-fi rumblings and polished vocal harmonies came up on our radar...

Watching them perform along some other notable local talent should provide fans with plenty of reasons to justify waking up late on Tuesday...the band's guests include a mix of LBC compadres (Fort Wife, Deep Sea Diver), OC friends (My Pet Saddle, Francisco the Man) and many more... - OC Weekly


Ghost Dance EP [2008]
Out Of My Head 7" [2009]
When The Madhouses Appear [2010]



While influenced by the use of three and four part harmonies from such sixties groups as The Everly Brothers and The Beach Boys, The Fling maintains a modern experimental side in the vein of bands like Grizzly Bear and The Pixies. Their songs can range anywhere from a slow, acoustic waltz to a complete wall of sound. Constantly experimenting with multi-layered harmonies, arrangement and instruments, the result is always interesting. In 2010 The Fling released their debut album, "When The Madhouses Appear" on their own label, Lady Monk Records before signing to acclaimed independent label Dangerbird Records. The Long Beach-based band is currently prepping their forthcoming album to be released on Dangerbird in spring 2011; in the meantime, the hard-working group is embarking on a busy touring schedule that is sure to secure their reputation as a formidable live act.

The Fling has just completed national tour dates with their new Dangerbird labelmates Darker My Love, with the two acts appearing as special guests of headliners Delta Spirit. The Fling will soon bring their eclectic mix of folk, rock, pop and psychedelic music to a January 2011 residency at famed Silver Lake hotspot Spaceland, followed later in the year by their debut Dangerbird release. Their music has been praised by the LA Record as “heartfelt and personal,” while Creative Loafing described it as “beautifully melodic and well-textured songwriting.”