The Flairs are a 21st century band ready to take the world by storm with their catchy, hook-laden rock songs harkening back to the days of ‘80’s metal and punk, sweetly flavoured with a whole-lotta attitude.
After creating a buzz with their 2004 debut EP, Vancouver based band, The Flairs are on a mission to rock even more with their new full length CD Shut Up and Drive. The first single and video is a spin on Skid Row’s “18 & Life” which hit rock radio stations in May 2006, with the CD being released June 13th across North America (Pacific Music/Warner/Burnside).
The Flairs have just returned from their intensive 14-week summer tour which took them across Canada, the US, and impressively, Indonesia where after creating such a buzz on MTV Asia, Indonesiar TV, and the Soundrenaline Festivals attended by 90,000 people, were asked to return in November/December 2006. They have also just released their latest video for their second single off the album “Sorry 4 Lovin’ You”.
After virtually growing up in Tuuli and opening for bands such as The Donnas, Disturbed and Rock legends Cheap Trick, Dawn Mandarino (vocals and guitar) and Jen Foster (drums and vocals) decided to form their own band. The Flairs story started in the summer of 2002 when Dawn and Jen met Bif Naked’s guitar slinger, Gillian Hanna (lead guitar and vocals) as they played North American outdoor festivals and concerts. All three found common ground, added Gillian’s brother Ryan Hanna (bass), and the band was officially born.
They attribute their unique sound to their individual influences; Dawn’s love for the Ramones, Jen’s ska-influenced punk in the vein of the Dance Hall Crashers, and Hanna’s passion for heavy guitar rock groups like Metallica and Guns ‘N Roses. Their perspective tastes go hand in hand with the bands that initially sparked their imagination like Veruca Salt, Nirvana, Garbage and Stone Temple Pilots. In the mix they have created a sound The Flairs can truly call their own.
Having created a healthy buzz across Canada as a forceful live act, THE FLAIRS constant touring has included a successful run with rawk legend David Lee Roth, highly praised performances at three consecutive Vancouver’s New Music West festival, and sold out shows at Toronto’s NXNE and Canadian Music Week. They have also showcased at New York City’s esteemed punk rock venues, Los Angeles’ International Pop Overthrow Festival and headlined the ROCKRGRL Music Conference in Seattle.
Their 2004 EP was described as a magical blend of youthful spirit and undeniable talent by a group determined to unleash their vision on an unsuspecting public hungry for real living, breathing punk-coloured hard rock with smart pop sensibilities. The new album Shut Up and Drive delivers on that promise even more. Songs such as energetic “Sorry for Loving You” and “Falling Into Pieces” and catchy “Stinger” that you cannot help but sing along, puts this band in a new light of what The Flairs music is really all about. Shup Up and Drive is fast, loud and extremely addictive. They are a forceful live act that continues to expand their already rabid-fan base with passion and drawing power.
The Flairs are a group to be reckoned with. JOIN THE FLAIRS FAMILY NOW!!!