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Flirting are a band. Specifically, an East London band haphazardly formed in 2015 of Queen Mary University students, tied together by a love for noisy pop music and anxiety. Madonna, My Bloody Valentine, and David Bowie all sit comfortably as notable influences. Their career started with an opening slot at The Old Blue Last, with 4 songs (including to-be-single Wouldn't You) and a cover of New Order's Age of Consent under their belt.
Consisting of Andy and Arthur on guitars, Kevin on bass, Poppy on vocals, and William on drums, the band has supported artists currently making waves across the country, including The Physics House Band, Traams, Average Sex, and itoldyouiwouldeatyou - as well as international heavyweights Moaning from America and Maison Book Girl from Japan.
Coming from radically different places musically, flirting. are massive nerds who took vastly, vastly different paths in music - Poppy never listened to emo, Kevin and William are massive electronic music fans, Andy has an encyclopedic knowledge of modern punk, and Arthur has a 12" vinyl of whale songs. It all comes together for a healthily diverse sound.
A band as much a coping mechanism as it is a creative unit, the songs, generally speaking, come from experiences that each member has had, and they're probably not dissimilar to the experiences of a lot of people from the same generation. This is echoed in the social media presence of the band, gaining notoriety on Twitter for their esoteric and often nonsensical musings and content.
Their first single, Wouldn't You, was released in 2016, to rousing success on Soundcloud, racking up thousands of plays with no label support, no press, and no manager. A similar story of unexpected achievement came the year later, as the band chose to retire the song with a music video, it became something of controversy on Reddit, as the argument over the creative case of irony brought the band over 20,000 views.
Two years followed, as did shows up and down the country, and flirting. are approaching quite the summer., with the release of single Peppermint, described by DIY as "an indie-pop song that consistently shape-shifts, it’s an intriguing introduction to the unique band, helmed by the equally distinctive pair of vocals." The band is booked to play the Truck Festival main stage in Oxfordshire in June, with the release of their debut EP looming.
Blissed out, and cool as fuck.