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Flickerstick was a Ft.marker Worth, TXmarker rock band who gained national attention after winning VH1's acclaimed, and Emmy Nominated talent/reality show Bands on the Run.

Band history

Birth and local fame

Flickerstick was formed in Ft.marker Worth, TXmarker by high school friends Brandin Lea (lead singer, guitarist) and Cory Kreig (guitarist, keyboardist). The two, who were guitarists in another local band, decided to put a band together just for the fun of it and picked some friends to join them, including Brandin's brother, Fletcher (bassist). The band started doing local gigs and immediately started gathering a solid fanbase.

Soon they graduated to larger clubs in Dallasmarker and started headlining shows. The band managed to put together $10,000 and self-financed their first album titled Welcoming Home the Astronauts. The album sold well in the Dallas area and at shows and the band received heavy local airplay. It was then that Billboard magazine picked the band to be on a CD sampler of Best Unsigned Bands in the Country.

VH1's Bands on the Run

During this time, VH1 heard Flickerstick's tune on the compilation and invited them to audition for the Bands on the Run show. After auditioning among 2,000+ other bands, Flickerstick was chosen to be on the show. The show originally stated that the band who made the most sales would win. Even though Flickerstick was lagging in sales and before the season was over the show changed the rules and gave the prize to Flickerstick.

Post-show fame

After six months of sell-out shows across the country, the band was signed by Epic Records. In November 2001, Epic re-released the band's debut album which received moderate reviews in Rolling Stone(3 out of 5 stars) and Billboard, and anywhere from excellent to poor reviews in other music publications. The album was re-worked with the help of veteran producer Rick Beato and was remixed by Tom Lord-Alge. WHTA debuted at #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #150 on the Billboard Top 200. Despite being released in the 4th quarter, a time reserved for the top musical acts (due to the Christmas buying season), and selling over 50,000 records in the first week (which would have been a top 20 debut for a 1st quarter release), sales were considered disappointing.

A year later, they chose to have their Epic contract bought out for an undisclosed amount rather than record their follow-up with the label. They immediately signed with What Are Records and released a live album titled Causing a Catastrophe that same year. After the album's release drummer Dominic Weir was fired from the band for personality conflicts and continual physical aggression. After his dismissal he continued to play with another project Mermaid Purse before eventually joining Smile Empty Soul. He was replaced in Flickerstick by ex-Doosu drummer Todd Harwell.

On October 14, 2003 Flickerstick released an EP/DVD combo entitled To Madagascar and Back on 226 Records.

Recent years

Flickerstick continued to tour and perform regularly, and had a very strong fanbase especially in their home state of Texasmarker as well as the concert location areas featured in Bands on the Run.

On October 5, 2004, Flickerstick released their second album Tarantula on the Dallas-based indie label Idol Records. The band had a number of tours across the country in support of the record. Founding guitarist Cory Kreig left the band in April 2005 for personal reasons. Tim Locke, who also handles lead vocals and guitar for Dallas-based alternative band Coma Rally and alt-country band Calhoun filled Cory's place in the band.

On April 3, 2007 the band's live record hit stores. Live From Atlanta was named as a result of a two-day, fan-invite recording weekend back in September 2006 at Tree Sound Studios in Atlantamarker. 150 fans joined the band each night in a live recording room at the studio, and celebrated being part of the band’s live, special taping sessions. Unlike most live records, Flickerstick didn’t want to rehash all of their “greatest hits”, so the album actually featured six brand new songs that had never been recorded before. The album also featured a special studio track called, “Helicopter,” (Track 12 on the album, which was also released to radio as a single) along with three, enhanced videos from the recording shows in September. The three videos can be viewed on any computer, hopefully making it more attractive to buy the album versus downloading it online or through “file sharing services.” The record was engineered by industry veteran, Shawn Grove, who has helped to produce bands such as Sevendust, Collective Soul, Edwin McCain, and many more.

Calling it a career

Rumors of breakup gained momentum when the band's website was taken offline in July 2008, and then confirmed by the band several months later with the following statement: "After a decade’s worth of touring, rocking, partying, more touring, more rocking, then even more touring, the time has come for us to pack it up and say goodbye," the band wrote to its fans in a MySpace message in January. "Throughout these years, our greatest reward has been the dedication and support of our fans across the nation. We simply could not have lasted this long without you, Flickerstick fans.  . . . We’ve had some very good times together, and we will miss all of you."

After a hiatus of more than a year, the band resurfaced to perform three final farewell shows:
  • January 24, 2009 at the House of Blues in Dallas
  • February 27, 2009 at The Aardvark in Fort Worth, TX
  • February 28, 2009 at The Aardvark in Fort Worth, TX


As of February 28, 2009 (the night of the band's final show) the band's myspace profile remains active.

Discography



References

  1. Charts, Allmusic
  2. http://www.star-telegram.com/music/story/1214488.html


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