Flares on the Progstravaganza compilation

Progstravaganza Questionnaire: Flares

Flares explore the book of Postrock since 2007, while also weaving in layers of Progressive, Metal and Alternative Rock into their exuberant sound carpets.

Read the Progstravaganza Questionnaire below.

How did you come to do what you do?

We teamed up as left-overs from post-hardcore and emocore bands that split up around 2006, as we were broadening our musical horizons and discovering great bands from labels like Hydra Head, Neurot Recordings and Translation Loss.

What is your first musical memory?

Speaking only for myself: Blasting Michael Jackson’s “Bad” trough my Dad’s Marantz cd-73 hi-fi unit.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

We don’t know exactly, but it can’t be pushed aside that bands like Oceansize, Isis, Cult of Luna and Boards of Canada left marks in our music. At the moment, we’re drawn to music from Bonobo, Robert Glasper Experiment, Motorpsycho, Dillinger Escape Plan and even old 70′s prog like Genesis, Pink Floyd etc.

What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?

Our Song “Crystal Math” doesn’t carry a message in particular. Since our whole Album “Solar Empire” refers to the Perry Rhodan-Saga, it can be looked at as another passage in traveling and exploring a cosmic realm.

Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?

No, we just let it happen as it pops up in our minds.

What is your method of songwriting?

We’re kind of a dropboxing band, collecting every single idea such as guitar riffs, drum patterns or rough song sketches in a folder anyone can get ahold of. In the rehearsals, we throw every idea at each other and in the end we’ve got a song that is totally different as originally intended.

How do you see your music evolving?

The songs on “Solar Empire” are more purposeful than on our previous releases “levitation” and “kingdom come”. The tenor is also a little darker and rougher than before. And who knows in which direction we are heading to.

What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?

We honestly don’t know. We’re quite busy trying to figure it out ourselves, sorry.

What are you looking forward to?

We’d like to tour and write and record a sequel to “Solar Empire”. But we don’t have a business plan or anything similar.

Do you think that Progstravaganza compilation series is good way to showcase the potential of many unheard bands on the already overcrowded scene?

I guess we’ll find out!



Prog Sphere is compiling the first physical (CD) Progstravaganza progressive rock & metal compilation. Interested acts can get in touch at info@prog-sphere.com