The first time I ever heard Flagship, I knew in my gut they were going places. Drake Margolnick’s voice is intoxicating and what stole my heart initially, but I have fallen in love with the way this band vacillates between starkness and richly layered epics that will keep your head swirling.
Three years, some solo stuff from Drake, a few lineup changes, and a bunch of new songs later, my gut is about to be proven right. My favorite Charlotte-based band drops their debut, self-titled album on October 8 on Bright Antenna. The fellas have been previewing a bunch of songs on their YouTube channel, and all I have to day is day-um. Mark my words, folks: this band is going to blow up in a big way.
My favorite Charlotte band, Flagship, dropped a new music video today. It’s definitely a little creepy – figuratively and literally dark – but damn, it’s good. Drake’s voice is, as always, huge. I just love it. And the drums on this track are bad ass. I expect we’ll be hearing big things from these kids.
Supposedly, Flagship is dropping a new album this spring on indie label Bright Antenna, which is also home to Middle Class Rut and The Wombats, and the former home of another vocal superstar, Jimmy Gnecco from Ours. Keep your ears to the ground for more news on a new release from the Flagship fellas. Until then, go pick up their Blackbush EP from last spring – it will do well for tiding you over.
Over the past year and a half or so, I’ve become an “in the wings” watcher of a local Charlotte band called Flagship – or more appropriately, the lead singer, Drake Margolnick. He quietly put out a solo EP late last year…so quietly that I didn’t even know about it until January. I picked it up immediately, and Taylorsville got some serious spinnage on the ol’ iPod. I swear, I could listen to this kid sing all day – his voice is so unique. It’s haunting and intense, and there’s something about it that reminds me of old school Cure/Robert Smith, but that’s not really an accurate comparison. That’s the thing – he’s doing something really different than anything I’ve heard. Love it.
Recently, Drake’s spent some time in the studio and yesterday, he posted a “sneak peak” video. New album, coming soon, will be called “Silver & Gold.” If this is any indication of what’s to come from Margolnick…well, color me happy.
I know there are a glut of little pop-rock-emo-indie bands vying for your attention. Flagship, formerly known as Flagship Brigade, out of Charlotte is worthy of a few minutes of your time to get to know. This quintent out of Charlotte definitely has chops – channeling a little old school Cure, but with some modern flair. And Drake’s voice is just sick – I love it. I’ve been watching them quietly for the past six months or so and grow more impressed by them every time I see them live. They’re obviously talented kids, they bring out the crowds, and they’ve got the dramatic flair they need to get noticed.