Stop what you’re doing right now. Stop what you’re doing and go straight to Spotify. Type in the name of a band that you will soon know very well: Flagship. Hit return. Wait for the page to load. (Sorry, but I would rather walk you through the process of working the Internet than risk you getting confused and giving up on what could be the greatest recommendation anyone will give you all day.) Now hit play. Hear that enveloping wail and melody that simultaneously makes you want to do something extremely creative and do nothing but lie down and listen? You’re not alone.

Those of us loyal to the Los Angeles sound machine would very much like to claim this distorted alt-rock band as our own. As much as they seem to belong somewhere between Sunset Boulevard and North Alvarado, Flagship is composed of five members from the far eastern shores of Charlotte, North Carolina: Drake Margolnick, Matt Padgett, Michael Finster, Grant Harding, and Christopher Comfort.

Flagship album

While Flagship’s music aims for the heartstrings, pulling together serious lyrics about romance and nostalgia with whimsical melodies that complement them, the band obviously knows how to balance the introspective with the quirky. Their YouTube channel contains endearing lyric videos for the songs “Are You Calling” and “Break the Sky” (both off of their self-titled debut, which was released in October of last year) that reveal to us that the members of Flagship don’t feel the need to take themselves too seriously.

Flagship will be joining their friends — and one of our favorite local acts/LA Music Blogcast veterans — Terraplane Sun and Little Daylight on a national tour, gracing the Troubadour on April 23. Get your tickets before they sell out!

Flagship Tour Dates:

3/17 – House of Blues, Cambridge Room – Dallas, TX
3/18 – House of Blues, Bronze Peacock Room – Houston, TX
3/20 – The Parish – New Orleans, LA
3/21 – Vinyl – Atlanta, GA
3/22 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
3/24 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC
3/25 – Sixth & I Historic Synagogue – Washington DC
3/26 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
3/28 – The Space – Hamden, CT
3/31 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA
4/02 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
4/04 – Petit Campus – Montreal, QC, Canada
4/05 – The Drake Hotel – Toronto, ON, Canada
4/07 – The Shelter – Detroit, MI
4/08 – A and R Music Bar – Columbus, OH
4/10 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
4/11 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
4/12 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
4/14 – The Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
4/15 – The Shred Shed – Salt Lake City, UT
4/17 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC, Canada
4/18 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
4/21 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
4/23 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA
4/24 – 5th Avenue Side Stage – San Diego, CA

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