FAILED FLOWERS – ” Failed Flowers “

Posted: July 6, 2016 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Failed Flowers

Fred Thomas knows what it means to be prolific. The Michigan singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s best-known band, Saturday Looks Good to Me, has spoiled its following with more than 20 singles and full-length releases (plus a smattering of cassettes and homemade CD-Rs) since its inception in 1999. Following a hiatus that began in 2008 (the group briefly reunited in 2012; its future is anyone’s guess), Thomas threw himself into various other projects, including the experimental duo City Center and the record label Life Like.

By comparison, Thomas’s newest endeavor, Failed Flowers, is an exceedingly—and, it transpires, a deliberately—casual affair. The foursome drew immediate attention in the summer of 2014 for the self-explanatory Demo, a cassette of eight rough-and-ready pop songs (only two of which breach the two-minute mark) whose outward spontaneity betrays the fact that much of it was recorded when no one other than Thomas knew the tape was rolling. Shortly after its release, Thomas said that he envisioned Failed Flowers’ follow-up being an album of 20 songs that “you can get lost in,” in the overstuffed mold of Guided by Voices.


Instead, singer-guitarist Autumn Wetli left the band, Thomas returned from Ann Arbor to his adopted home of Montreal (where his wife attends university), and Failed Flowers dropped out of sight until a few weeks ago, when a new, self-titled work slipped out with intentionally little fanfare on Minneapolis’s 25 Diamonds label.

Contrary to the extended opus Thomas originally intended, Failed Flowers closely follows the model set forth by Demo: a mere nine tracks that come and go in little more than 18 minutes. But it does represent a progression of sorts—and not only in that it sees the quartet (rounded out by bassist Erin Davis, drummer Miles Haney, and Wetli’s successor, Anna Burch) graduating from cassette to “semi-psychedelic,” one-sided purple vinyl. Despite still being models of brevity and simplicity, these songs are ever-so-slightly richer, more melodic, more evocative of the raw yet subtly sophisticated indie-pop of New Zealand cult label Flying Nun and its American progeny.

Released by our amazing Minneapolis friends 25 Diamonds and limited to 400 copies, this is the vinyl debut for Failed Flowers. These nine songs pressed on purple semi-psychedelic vinyl on a one-sided LP. Includes lyric insert. We have a very limited amount of the pressing for sale, available here and at all of our shows, but when they run out, they are gone. Much thanks to Ian and all at 25 Diamonds for making this happen!!!

Failed Flowers are

Anna Burch: Guitar & Vocals
Erin Davis: Bass Guitar
Miles Haney: Drums
Fred Thomas: Guitar & Vocals

  1. Buffettville says:

    I read recently that the Indie labels were taking it on the chin due to the ever-increasing re-release of albums by big name bands on vinyl.The detractors say Record Day releases are compounding the problem by promoting rare and special releases.Have you heard anything about this?

    • lizsamdog says:

      as far as i know the indie labels are flourishing labels like Bella Union and heavenly recordings and rough trade have had terrffic sales of product over the last nine months with the larger majors like universal, polyvinyl, warners although having a large percentage of the big names artists . The indie labels are holding up well, smaller bands having vinyl for sale at gigs are selling more product with the monies going straight back into their own pockets, i buy as much product at gigs now as i can, you can speak to the band and get the album signed which for me is really nice ie i saw the allah las a few months ago got all three albums signed on vinyl and a seven inch vinyl too,plus Fear Of Men got two vinyls signed in similar fashion thanks so much for the message and support,

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