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No Flags Etc

No Flags Etc

No Flags Etc


No Flags Etc. - A Potted History... So, what became of No Flags Etc.? Hotly tipped in the late eighties as the South Wales band most likely to., the flame of success burned bright and brief before obscurity beckoned. A classic case of learning to run too soon, within months of forming the band had already notched up a series of winning radio and TV appearances as well as a burgeoning cult following on the South Wales live scene. The first single followed shortly after. Read more on Last.fm
No Flags Etc. - A Potted History... So, what became of No Flags Etc.? Hotly tipped in the late eighties as the South Wales band most likely to., the flame of success burned bright and brief before obscurity beckoned. A classic case of learning to run too soon, within months of forming the band had already notched up a series of winning radio and TV appearances as well as a burgeoning cult following on the South Wales live scene. The first single followed shortly after. Two and a half minutes of pure pop (Wonderful), grandiosely available only in 12 inch form, the song was widely played and purchased and it was surely only a matter of time before the serious offers came rolling in. Several flirtations with the majors led nowhere and gradually the popularity The Flags brand of low-tech popnology gave way to a coarser, more corrosive sound. The inevitable line up changes ensued as inertia and ennui took their toll. Still active, however, throughout the early nineties and gathering an apparent orchestra of associate musicians along the way, the band's sound changed with the addition of brass, sax and keyboards. Now recording again, No Flags Etc seemed poised to make a real impact and negotiations were well under way for the release of their debut album Voila Godot when tragedy struck The death of guitarist and founder member Martyn was a life altering event for all concerned and forced a reassessment of priorities. Indeed it was 1996 before the band again raised its head above the parapet and flourished briefly with a deal with (ill- fated) Canadian based label Hi- Rise.

The sackful of tracks recorded for the US market was never released. So to 2004, a chance 'Google' of the band name leads to two unusual discoveries. A German site featuring a request for more information on No Flags Etc and a series of indecipherible hits on numerous Japanese DJ sites and play lists. Simultaneously, a letter arrives at Rob's old Swansea address from 'The Sound Of Leamington Spa' (TSOLS), something was happening, but what! Outside of any 'Flags member's radar, No Flags Etc.'s first 12" single had become a collector's item, changing hands for up to $70 a time. The band defined a genre and there was an appetite for more, much more, and with a catalogue of 40+ songs, many recorded in one shape or another, No Flags were ready to get the ball rolling once again. Late 2004, Firestation Records(label behind TSOLS) request a track for a new compilation, No Flags Etc.

license the track 'Rubble' to them, a typical example of a simple flags song recorded in about 1992. 2005, No Flags Etc. contacts in Japan, lead to Tokyo indie label Apple Crumble, source of the original 12" single's availability in Japan. Aware of the Flags' Japanese buzz, Apple Crumble agree to distribute an album's worth of material on CD. No Flags Etc are back in the studio, blowing the dust of some old songs, and significantly writing new ones. 2006, mixing and mastering of the appropriately titled "From DNA To Yesterday" is finished. Jan 2007, More songs to record and they're back in the studio.

Jan 2008, New single released from a collection of new recordings. Plus a discovery of older recording that could see the light of day soon... Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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