Here at RUST magazine we have to give it up to FLINTFACE. He’s got it. He’s got it for real, and his debut album Hope has that magical familiar-yet-new vibe that speaks with a distinct and individual voice. This album bears the fruits of a long-simmering artistic soul whose roots go deep into a long and challenging path that he has travelled to get to today.
As a songwriter, a performer and an artist, FLINTFACE blazes his own path, uncovering a unique perspective on pop rock. He’s got toughness tempered with soul. He has an inner drive that pours out through his music. And he is able to balance the elements of himself as he balances his musical aspirations in Hope. The result is a rocking album with relevance, intelligence and heart. It’s a fantastic album, filled with moments where the music is really, really good – then it goes to another whole level.
That’s the real essence of FLINTFACE as an artist. He builds songs with intricacy and complexity, then uses that structure as a base for a new generation of energy. There are many facets to every song, perhaps as there are many faces to FLINTFACE himself. And with Hope he has now announced his presence to the world.
FLINTFACE speaks with an individual, memorable voice. Perhaps this is due to the long and difficult road he has had to walk to get to here. That path starts in West Philadelphia and crosses through the rural environs of the Pocono Mountains. Along the way he split paths musically with his co-performing brother, leaving him alone on the journey, though the two remain close. This separation turned into a motivating experience and – perhaps – the defining moment for his career.
Alone, FLINTFACE immersed himself in writing music and in 2013 he entered the studio with notable producer Ross Hogarth [John Mellencamp, John Fogerty] to record what would become Hope. Perhaps it is the hope within him, or perhaps it is the hope of building a community through his music, either way, the result is a new rock album that is simply great. The development of the themes and the construction of the ideas is first-rate and done with a personal touch.
To accomplish his inspirations, FLINTFACE recruited some amazing people to join him on this new part of his journey. The talented musicians who are featured on Hope include Rami Jaffee (The Wallflowers, Foo Fighters), Tim Pierce (Jason Mraz, Bruce Springsteen), Randy Cooke (Eurythmics, Kelly Clarkson), Kenny Aronoff (The Smashing Pumpkins, John Mellencamp), Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), Matt Rollings (Lyle Lovett), Matt Chamberlain (Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians), Cameron Stone & Loren Gold (The Who), Jessy Greene (Foo Fighters, P!nk, The Jayhawks). His touring band was handpicked from an array of east coast up and comers and includes Darrell Jones (lead guitar & backing vocals), Billy Sims (bass), Anthony Scorsone (rhythm guitar), Chris DeMas (drums), and the lovely Beth Scorsone, who lends her beautiful voice to the harmonies.
FLINTFACE has been able to find balance in his music, perhaps as he has had to find balance in himself after struggling just to be able to get to today. Hope will certainly mark a change in paths for him, as now the whole world gets to share in his insights and struggles. Hope is a great rock album from a distinctive new artist that deserves to have his music heard. It’s relevant, intelligent, individual and powerful. Very Highly Recommended.
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