Chris Flaskas had paved a successful career as a solo artist, but he says joining forces with a former schoolmate and two other talented musicians to create a band has undoubtedly reinvigorated his passion for music.
Mr Flaskas, Duncan Barker, Jasper Lambert and Clint Dove, collectively known as Flaskas, will launch their debut album Kingdom Come at Solbar on August 31 as part of the Horizon Festival.
Flaskas’ trademark sound is described as ‘earth rock’, an organic high-power blend of alternative world, coastal roots, funk, folk, blues and Indigenous music utilising various native instruments.
And the Sunshine Coast residents have wasted no time making their mark on the industry. In their first 12 months as a band, they supported Wild Marmalade, Kallidad and Kooyeh and shared the stage with industry legends Boy & Bear, Busby Marou, Tijuana Cartel, Timberwolf and secured spots in six music festivals.
“We promised our fans six months of new music releases and we released Feeling the Rhythm in April and Afterglow in June with both being featured on MTV and Triple J as well as being played on more than 50 radio stations nationally and internationally,” Mr Flaskas says.
“We can’t wait to showcase more work from our album at the launch. It was recorded live to tape, old-school like The Beatles, at Heliport Studios here on the Coast, and more locals, UnReel media, filmed our music videos in some beautiful Coast locations.
“The Coast is a creative hub and we are blessed to have the scenery, clean air and sense of community here.”
See Flaskas at Solbar on August 31 at 7.30pm supported by Mantis Empire and Khan Harrison Band. Tickets are $10 at the door.