Brisbane gothic metal quartet Flynn Effect have recently been turning heads with their new single Believer, ahead of the EP ‘Monument’ which will be released on July 6. The band will be embarking on a release tour in just two weeks’ time, so vocalist Tomina Vincent had a chat to us about the evolution of Flynn Effect.
“I think ‘Monument’ certainly departs from ‘Obsidian,’” she reflects, “and it’s a little bit brighter in theme, a little bit more positive, a little bit more uplifting. And more synth in that one, going back to the 80s a little bit. Very inspired by Pendulum and the new Blade Runner movie, just stuff like that, so it really has that more electronic vibe to it.”
Speaking more specifically of Believer, Vincent goes on, “It’s definitely embodying the broader structure. We’re trying to expand out of everything we do, and experiment with structure a little bit. It was kind of what ‘Obsidian’ was compared to ‘Skin,’ you know, a bit of an expansion of the sound, and I think we just tried to take it a little bit further this time. And by ‘tried,’” she clarifies, “I mean not intentionally, I mean the whole EP was an accident, really,” she adds with a chuckle. “We weren’t planning on releasing anything, but it just came together so it was, ‘Okay, looks like we have an EP, so let’s release it.’”
Death Said is another song that really breaks new ground for Flynn Effect, and Vincent expands on how that one came together. “It was one of the first ones, I think, that came together very easily. I got the demo, went home and basically wrote it that night. And I think it was a lot about the ending of life, and being confronted in that moment. What passed through your head? What would be the last thing you think of? And I had this feeling that it would be a person. And I kind of thought, well that must be a pretty massive thing for everyone, in their last moments they would be thinking of someone. So that was kind of my dedication to that moment.”
Vincent has recently endured the arduous process of recovering from a vocal injury, and explains how she’s reached the point of returning stronger than ever with ‘Monument.’ “I had vocal cord surgery last year in February. It was very sudden, and we had to schedule a bunch of stuff around that, the release of ‘Obsidian,’ the tour, and everything around that. So I basically got diagnosed with a haemorrhage and I had surgery, which is not always the treatment you get with these things, but it’s the quickest recovery, so we were like, ‘Okay, let’s just do this and see if we can do the tour.’ And I actually had amazing support from my team, and my surgeon, and my vocal coach. They really saved my voice, so definitely a big shout-out to them. It was a really, really long journey of recovery, which is obviously going to be ongoing. I had to re-train myself how to do everything, from speaking to breathing to singing and everything else. It was very, very tough, because sometimes you don’t know if you’re going to recover,” Vincent says, with the weight of the experience echoing in her voice. “You don’t know if you’re going to regain elasticity and tone, and it’s terrifying. That was the first time in my life that I felt truly suicidal, when that was happening and I just thought, ‘What if I never get out of this?’ So a lot of the darkness in those songs comes from that period, because honestly to this day I can’t think of anything worse for anybody who has a passion of any sort, and that denial of, ‘You’ll never be able to do this again.’ So I’m very lucky, and I always say to people, no one’s immune to this, obviously there’s so many really successful people who go through this, and I always just say, your health has always got to be a priority, and it should be a priority over your schedule. Always.”
On whether the re-training has contributed to Vincent’s reinvigorated strength as a vocalist, she confirms, “I believe so, because the main thing that had to happen for my technique to improve was less air, less pressure, you know? It’s really hard to separate emotion from physicality when you’re performing. You want to have emotion, but the truth is the way you’re performing, you really have to act the emotional and not actually experience it, because that’s when you get in trouble. So there are really area tonne of things that can go wrong, but I think once you strike that balance, it’s one of those things that you never forget how to do, because once you’ve got it down, you know where it is. It’s always going to be there. And then just look after yourself, I mean, that’s the main thing that I’m continuing to learn. It’s all about sleeping a lot, and drinking a lot of water, and eating the right things. Lots of stuff that you don’t really think about.”
With regard to the impetus for the upcoming tour, it’s really quite simple. “Well, we just wanted to take it on the road, basically. We didn’t necessarily need to tour because we just came back from tour like, five months ago, but we felt why not, let’s just go out and run it. So I think this time it’s going to new places, and checking out some old friends, especially in Melbourne since we’ve played there three times so far. We’re going to Newcastle this time, where we haven’t been. And that’s kind of like a little taste of doing some more regional stuff, which I’d love to do. So yeah, we just felt this would be really cool. Let’s just do it.”
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