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The Fling


Long Beach CA




The Fling—an honest and ambitious four-piece from Long Beach, Calif.—will self-release their first full-length record “When The Madhouses Appear” on their own label, Lady Monk Records, in stores Aug. 27 and digitally Aug. 31. Recorded by local wizard Matt Wignall (Cold War Kids, Deep Sea Diver) and engineered by Los Angeles technical guru Raymond Richards (Local Natives, The Henry Clay People), the album was carefully crafted to meet the demands of all involved. Dustin Lovelis (guitar, vocals) wrote from a young age and collaborated with brother Graham Lovelis (bass, vocals), but it wasn’t until 2007 that Dustin took the project and pushed it center. The Lovelis boys extracted The Fling’s name from a band their father founded in his twenties which split shortly after Dustin was born, but the Lovelis brothers—partnering with Justin Ivey (drums) and Justin Roeland (guitar, keys, vocals)—are carrying out The Fling legacy and have been writing, recording and touring together since 2008. With several regional and national tours behind them, a five-song EP (“Ghost Dance”) and a 7-inch (“Out Of My Head”) all attracting critical acclaim, The Fling has garnered a loyal following across the Southland. They’ve shared the stage with the likes of Dawes, The Growlers and fellow Long Beach bands Delta Spirit, Avi Buffalo and We Barbarians. “When The Madhouses Appear” taps into the dark and strange ethos of the individuals within the band while managing to capture the bliss that only the weary can oblige, with the vulnerability of Elliott Smith, the deep, old grit of The Pretty Things and the apathetic bite of the Pixies. The Fling’s new album tremors with the clashing of chaotic walls of sound attempting to strangle the silence, resulting in a delicate balance of ethereal mania…and if you ask the band, they wouldn’t have it any other way. The Fling will be touring again nationally this fall to support the new album, beginning with a CD release party on Aug. 27 at Spaceland in Los Angeles. REVIEWS “The album achieves that difficult balance between cohesion and contour: that is, each song has its own silhouette, but is clearly part of the same landscape...heartfelt and personal-an unfiltered transcript of inner monologues.” Kristina Benson (LA RECORD) “…Shoegaze inflicted folk music, woozy pop balladry, swirling psychedelics, luscious vocal harmonies, and all around incredible song writing. Tracks like "Cold Comfort" combine all of these skills into one sweeping, roaring dreamscape of modern alternative rock…incredibly impressive debut…we should be hearing a lot from these guys in the years to come.” Dan Goldin (EXPLODING IN SOUND) "I don’t know why more people don’t know about these guys, Long Beach is something of an untapped wealth of great music that largely, and unfairly, stays within its own confines. I hope that’s not the case for this band, because I was just sent their latest album and it’s brilliant." Nada Alic (FRIENDS WITH BOTH ARMS


Friday March 18



Mellow Johnny's


400 Nueces St


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