The Blueflowers

The Blueflowers (Alternative Rock) - Michigan


Detroit - based band, The Blueflowers, blossomed out of a songwriting collaboration between singer/lyricist Kate Hinote and guitarist/producer Tony Hamera. Both made an initial impression on the Detroit music scene in 2005 with the dream pop act, Ether Aura. When the two began experimenting with a more “Americana” sound, they decided to form a different band entirely, and in 2009 The Blueflowers were born. That Americana sound would prove to be just the beginning of their sonic journey. Anyone following this band’s evolution through their five full length albums – Watercolor Ghost Town (2009), In Line with Broken - Hearted (2011), Stealing the Moon (2012), At the Edge of Disaster (2014), and Circus on Fire (2018) – along with their last offering, 2019’s Relapse EP, can hear a continuity in The Blueflowers’ unmistakable mood and sound, with an intentional insistence on edging each album towards something else entirely and a refusal to be bound by genre. From their early roots in Americana to their more current indie rock sound, The Blueflowers continue to grow and test new ground. That path persists for The Blueflowers 13 years later with the release of their latest EP, Time Didn't Matter (2022), showcasing six new songs and another evolution for the band. One primary way in which the newest material has subtly altered its routes is the addition of newest member and songwriter, Bryan Talaski, on bass guitar. With longtime core members Jim Faulkner (drums), David Johnson (guitar), and Erin Williams (keys, backing vocals, lyricist) still on board, The Blueflowers push steadily ahead with an easiness that only years of collaboration and experiences can give you and with no fear or expectations of where the path is going because now they can just enjoy the ride.

-Interview- (7/8/22)
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name "The Blueflowers" and is there any meaning behind it?

I've been involved with music for a long time- since the late 80's as a guitarist and then as a studio engineer/musician in the 90's. The Blueflowers have been my main outfit (along with my wife, Kate) for the last 13 years. The name came during a brainstorming session with the band. At the time, back in 2009, our sound was a bit more acoustic forward, and so I came up with that name because it was simple and fit our sound. We have definitely developed and evolved over the years from that initial Americana style rock.

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

We just want people to hear it and enjoy it; appreciate that we sound like a band. We take a lot of inspiration from the 90's era of music and actually just had someone say our new songs sounded "a bit too retro" hahaha. Our songs are about human relationships and interactions; the good and the bad...mostly the bad.

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

Our last three releases are rather different from the previous four releases, dating back to 2009...but I'd say we are currently an "alternative rock band with hints of Britpop, shoegaze, and Americana".

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Garbage, AC/DC, and Chelsea Wolfe.

5. What’s your take on the current state of Rock?

The biggest thing is just the sheer number of great bands out there who are able to be heard so much easier now with the state of the internet. Rock continues to be an amazing genre.

6. What’s the current music scene like locally there in Michigan?

There are lots of great bands and venues in Metro-Detroit. We usually have a great time when we play out locally.

7. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

The payout seems rather low considering how much money these companies make, but that's the game artists have to play if one wants to participate on the large platforms.

8. What's next for The Blueflowers?

We are gearing up for the official release of our new EP, "Time Didn't Matter" on July 15th (2022), and then our release show here locally in the Metro Detroit area on the 29th. Folks can get more info about the mew release simply by going to our social media and following us. In the meantime, we are just trying to get it out to as many folks as will listen to it and have fun on the journey.