Flowers had quite the year in 2018. From launching their debut single to embarking on a huge headline autumn tour, they have certainly made an impact in the indie music scene, with a huge buzz surrounding them that is landing them huge support slots with names such as Jerry Williams.
I first met lead singer Matisse Moretti in a train station just before Sundara Karma’s Portsmouth gig where he promoted his band to a friend and I. Over the span of 2 years, I have seen them grow with the release of their first two singles, a debut tour, and being nominated for awards.
Here I sat down to have a word with them back in September about their progress from Soundcloud demos to the New Music Friday playlist on Spotify.
C: Hello, I’m Connor.
H: We are Flowvers and this is the Disney Channel.
HOW DID YOU ALL MEET? WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START A BAND?
H: Swim Deep.
M: Shut up.
M: Um, I met Stan when we were 4 years old. Stan was always into music and I wasn’t really at the time but then…
H: Matisse was fat.
M: …I was into – oh no, this is going to be so bad. We broke up from primary school and I met Henry in another band. We were going for half a year and then me and Henry left that band and started Flowvers with Stan as well. Connor joined a few months after that, took f***ing ages to find a drummer though.
WHO ARE YOUR INSPIRATIONS MUSICALLY?
M: Shall we do one each?
M: Our inspiration is ‘The Sea’.
H: ‘The Sea’ by Swim Deep.
M: Uhhh, I like music… No, let’s do these properly.
H: Carpet World.
H: Alright, everyone actually give one.
H: The Stone Roses.
S: New-wave British Punk.
M: Slow Dive.
WHAT’S THE BEST GIG YOU’VE PLAYED YET – ARE THERE ANY YOU CAN SPECIFICALLY REMEMBER?
H: Oh yes. Wedgewood Rooms headline.
M: Worthing, Bar 42, was preferably my favourite.
M: Loved that.
THE STAGE GOT FLOODED, DIDN’T IT?
M: Yeah, that was quite the episode.
C: Bit of a disaster.
M: Telling everyone that we were gonna play and 20 minutes before…
M: …‘Sorry boys, you’re not allowed to play’. It was so dead but it was alright.
ALWAYS NEXT YEAR, I GUESS.
WHERE DO YOU GUYS ULTIMATELY WANT TO REACH?
H: Umm, I don’t know, we want to be as big as our music can be.
M: That’s a very good answer Henry Wood.
C: Get bigger than our idols.
M: I don’t know… Just like, the whole idea of recognition. I think we’ll always be just like who we are now – it feels brilliant. Every day is f***ng brilliant like the reception we’ve had so far – that’s what I always say. We have a direction, but we don’t really have an end goal. We’d like to be big – we’d like to get offered support for big bands and perform in some amazing venues all around the country and the world.
YOU RECENTLY RELEASED YOUR SECOND SINGLE ‘LONG WAY HOME’ – HOW WAS THE REACTION TO IT FOR YOU GUYS? WAS IT STRANGE HEARING IT ON THE RADIO?
H: Uhh, no – we’ve heard it all before really.
C: Nothing surprises us.
H: No, we were happy. We made New Music Friday on Spotify which was huge for us. Umm, apart from that…
C: Couple of radio plays.
H: … Yeah, we got onto Radio X which was a big achievement.
M: Doing the whole amazing radio audition thing coming second and that was pretty crazy. The fact that we were just behind YUNGBLUD who is a lot more established than us and having people who are listening and…
H: It panned out how we wanted it to pan out.
M: …Yeah, ‘Long Way Home’ for a summer song when no one was really around [to listen] we’ve had really good reception from it, and I think we’re really happy we’ve got 2 good singles to stand by, you know?
WHAT’S THE ONE PLACE YOU’D LOVE TO PLAY A GIG AT?
M: I think we’d like to play (as a joint thing) Reading – like Reading tent, wouldn’t we?
H: Yeah, I think goal-wise a big set at Reading. For us, it would be nice to sort of sell out as big a venue as we could in our home city [Portsmouth]. Sell out Pyramids, that’d be cool.
M: I think, yeah, where we’ve seen bands play like, we’ve seen The 1975 in Bournemouth O2…
H: International Centre [not O2].
M: …International Centre yeah, that was a crazy, crazy gig.
C: Portsmouth Guildhall.
M: Yeah Guildhall. Fratton Park, I mean, to sell out Fratton Park that’d be crazy as well.
H: Local gigs are our main goal.
S: Private jet.
M: Helicopter into Knebworth.
YOU’VE MANAGED TO DO A LOT IN THE LAST 2 YEARS YOU’VE BEEN TOGETHER, HAVE YOU STARTED TO CONSIDER MAKING AN EP?
S: We have been thinking about it.
M: Yeah, we’ve got material for it so it’s not the songs we’re not sure of, it’s just about, like, when we’re ready. We don’t want to be jumping on that EP too soon cos we want it to be f***ing next level when we release it.
C: People love a single.
M: Yeah people love the singles but there is a demand. When we first started out, people just wanted an EP and they kind of understood that we were waiting a while – it was about a good year and a half before we released our first single. People were just munching off demos the whole time so I think…
C: Hit me up on Soundcloud.
M: …Yeah, the Soundcloud worked really well but the EP is in the horizon, it’s not the next thing we’re gonna do.
H: It’s not in the near future.
DOES IT FEEL WEIRD BEING ON TOUR? DID YOU EXPECT IT TO COME AROUND THIS SOON?
M: It’s more when the whole management of the tour came about – it was weird to have a response from venues that we didn’t think we’d get. The Joiners, for example, is a very good venue, so when we phoned up to get a gig they were like ‘Oh Flowvers, yeah sure, what date do you want?’. It was the same with Guildford’s Boileroom which is also a brilliant gig that we played, what was it 2,3…?
H: 3 days ago?
M: You just lose track of it – it’s been one blur, but so far it’s been really good.
C: It’s just so busy.
S: It’s just free drinks.
M: It just doesn’t stop. Luckily, last night, we got to stay at home as we only came up here. Obviously tomorrow night we’re in Portsmouth as well so we might get to sleep in our own beds for once.
WILL THERE BE ANOTHER TOUR AFTER THIS ONE?
S: Never again.
H: Yeah, definitely.
C: World tour.
H: After new year we’ll put something together.
C: We’ll start branching out a little bit more, get a bit more longer distance.
H: Around March time probably.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR 2019? IS THERE ANYTHING YOU’D SPECIFICALLY LIKE TO ACHIEVE?
M: Keep taking over the world… No, keep releasing singles…
S: Maybe record an EP.
M: …Yeah, record an EP… Be ready for one.
H: Get some Radio 1 play.
M: We’re not really interested and fussed about getting like majorly signed. I mean, it would be nice to get that support, but we really like releasing off our own back and it gives us kind of this liberty of a young, fresh band. Yeah we’re pretty set for next year already, I mean, I don’t think we’re gonna do a lot more shows after this tour.
C: We’ve already got some booked up ’till December this year and half of next year so we are busy.
M: Bye guys!
C: Welcome to Radio 2.
M: Stay Smart.