From their hometown in Oregon to the Firefly stage, flor has cultivated a sound and following so particular, it’s impossible not to appreciate. Every ambient vocal harmony and warm shimmery riff transcends you into a dancey, feel-good place, or as vocalist Zach Grace puts it, “An ethereal, special, magical world where people can exist.”
“There’s a lot of ego in music and that’s so not existent with us; we could care less.”
flor consists of Zach Grace, bassist Dylan Bauld, guitarist McKinley Kitts and drummer Kyle Hill. “The name was decided by Dylan,” Grace admits. “He was throwing ideas around and flor happened and we were like ‘that’s stupid.’” Bauld notes he forced the guys into the idea by creating a logo and all of sudden, flor stuck. “It fits our minimalistic style; it looks pretty and it sounds pretty,” Grace comments. This is perhaps the most important thing you should remember about flor—there’s nothing over-the-top or too glitzy about this band. They are a genuine, passionate group and it shows in casual conversation and on stage, whether it’s headline show or a festival.
“You have to work to attract people to your stage,” Kitts explains about playing bigger shows and festivals. However, the band is in agreement—both headline shows and festivals are equally as rewarding. “There’s something magical about playing to 300 kids in a club and everyone knows your song, but it’s also cool to play a bigger show and see people wander over to listen.” This was the case for this year’s Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware and you could feel the inclusive energy from the band. “We want everyone to be a part of it,” Grace mentions about the band’s live-show presence. “There’s a lot of ego in music and that’s so not existent with us; we could care less. If you like our music, cool. Come have a good time. And if you don’t, keep your stupid opinions to yourself! Haha, just kidding.”
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