We’re glad to announce that Arlington, United States-based indie rock duo Flemish in the North have released their debut single, entitled “Snow Crocs.”
Flemish in the North is Christopher Davis (guitar, bass, vocals) and Everett B. DeLuca III (guitar, keys/piano, vocals). Everett and Chris have been friends since they were in college, both having attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. They’d also both played guitar in other bands (ranging from deathcore to pop punk), and had long talked about the idea of writing music together; so this past year, the duo finally got to writing and recording music.
At the same time that Flemish in the North draw inspiration from indie artists such as Father John Misty, The National, Fleet Foxes, and Bon Iver, the two members also bring other individual influences that contribute to the duo’s eclectic sound. Chris is influenced by progressive rock (e.g. King Crimson, Yes), art/experimental rock (e.g. Swans, Black Midi, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard) and post punk (e.g. Idles, The Murder Capital, Protomartyr); while Everett is influenced by indie, hip hop, and math rock (e.g. Albert Hammond Jr., Brand New, Tera Melos, Dance Gavin Dance, Kendrick Lamar).
After experimenting on guitar and synthesizers together, trying to figure out each others’ writing styles and nuances, the duo hit the ground running with multiple demos and song skeletons. Since then, they’ve finalized and released their debut single “Snow Crocs,” and are working on many more tunes that they’re ecstatic to finish and release.
“Snow Crocs,” is a catchy indie rock tune, whose name was inspired by an idea that Everett jokingly came up with while he and Chris were hiking in the trails of Calais, Vermont. Everett pondered about there being some offshoot breed of crocodiles that lived and survived in the snowy trails of the Northeast; it’d be particularly frightening as they’d be burrowed in the snow, awaiting their chance to attack hikers along the trail. And thus, when they started toying with the catchy riff that the song is based around, “Snow Crocs” was born!
The song was initially written and demoed in Calais, Vermont, and then was tracked/mixed in Arlington, Virginia. Everett and Chris wrote, tracked, produced, and mixed the song themselves; while the mastering was done by Kramer.
“Snow Crocs” begins with a distorted bassline, while trippy effects-laden guitars and powerful drums soon join in to set the track into a catchy groove. The lyrical passages that then begin are characterized by a filtered vocal quality and creative melodic progressions full of progressive twists and turns, nicely complementing the surreal atmosphere established by the bass and guitars; while the song’s chorus then brings back the song’s groovy opening riff. After the compelling second chorus, a captivating instrumental section emerges with layers of ethereal synth effects droning amidst dynamic percussion, together creating the feeling of being in a peaceful snow-covered landscape. The guitars then return with powerful riffs reminiscent of the ‘70s hard rock era, which then bridge perfectly into another impressive chorus to conclude the track.
“Snow Crocs” is quite an enjoyable listen throughout, highlighting Flemish in the North’s brilliant songwriting and superb musicianship. I would highly recommend this track to fans of indie- and alternative rock alike.
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