I don’t think I’ve featured any other artist on this blog as much as Bad Flamingo – but they’re just so remarkably, consdiently good, so for this I make no apologies whatsoever. The Fifth Of June is another sultry, country-meets-alt-pop mashup that sounds like nothing else out there
I absolutely love Bad Flamingo’s entire vibe. From having bascially no information out there about them, to putting random Oscar Wilde quotes out with their songs where a press release would usually go (in this case: “Give a man a mask, and he will tell you the truth”). Everything about them screams “we honestly don’t care if you listen to this – we love making it”, and that is brilliant. As is this new single, with its sleazy alternative-rock meets warped country stylings. More please.
I would love to tell you a little more about Bad Flamingo, but they seem pretty happy with their anonymity: their website bio reads simply “Vocals, Guitar. Bass. Banjo, the one on the left. Vocals. Banjo. Autoharp. Tambourine, the one on the right”, and aside from a 2019 interview with Tinnitist they’ve said very little publicly. So let’s just focus on the music, which is great. Dead Man’s Hand is pretty unclassifiable – alt-country? prairie-rock? – but incredibly evocative, powerfully delivered and unquestionably vital: a seething cauldron of reverberating guitars, pummelling drums and enigmatic vocals.