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Metal Underground Article (Pat is awesome, read it.) - 8 Comments

Nichole: I don’t want to harp on the topic of Christianity, but perception is that a lot of metal listeners don’t typically rally behind openly devout bands. Do you think the growing success of Flyleaf and other Christian groups like Skillet is changing that perception?

Pat: I would hope that bands like Flyleaf and Skillet change the perception of “Christian bands,” but I would also hope that people would view us as just a band with something they believe in that drives their music, versus a band that is safe for Christians to enjoy. Our faith in Jesus is the centerpiece of our Flyleaf and our personal lives, but it is not our goal to simply churn out music for churchgoing parents to buy for their kids to prevent them from listening to Metallica and Eminem. Our greatest desire is for people to really ingest and contemplate the message in our music, and the best and usually only way to make that happen is to create the most honest, genuine, and appealing music that we possibly can make, given our abilities. I feel like Skillet does this to a “t,” as well as Blindside, the Chariot, and many others.

Nichole: What music influenced or inspired you growing up?

Pat: Growing up, my dad’s music really influenced me. He played the acoustic guitar and listened to a lot of folk and Americana-ish music that has since stayed with me. Simon & Garfunkel, Jim Croce, etc. was usually playing in the kitchen before I discovered Weezer, Green Day, Bush, Deftones, and a brief but embarrassing ska phase.

Nichole: Where do you see you and your music going in ten years?

Pat In ten years, only time will tell. We might be too fat to play by then. I’ve been eating cookies all night for the past week and a half.

Read the whole thing here!







New Layout & Beautiful Bride! - 33 Comments

Hey guys! To celebrate the release of Memento Mori (which came out officially an hour ago), I switched up the layout. I used the image of Pat’s wood cut that was used for the lithograph printing as the header image, because it’s immensely awesome. Workin’ out the kinks, so bare with me for a little while. Hope you enjoy it! :)

Oh, and here’s the Beautiful Bride video. Pretty frickin’ awesome, no? I kinda love it 10 times more than Again. I won’t lie.







2 New Articles! - 4 Comments

Flyleaf bassist Pat Seals said he didn’t want to be a bassist. He wanted to be a guitarist.

“I really started playing bass at church,” Seals said during a telephone interview from Los Angeles. “We ended up needing a bass player and no one wanted to do it. And I was, ‘I know all the songs. I want to play guitar, but I guess I’ll do this.’ ”

Little did Seals know that the bass would become his livelihood.

Read the full article here.

If this Texan hard-rock band had really wanted to avoid being typecast as a Christian rock band, it would have avoided naming its second album (to be released on Nov. 10) “Memento Mori.” The Latin phrase, Flyleaf bassist Pat Seals explained, is a common theme in Medieval art and means “remember you will die.” In ancient Rome, during parades of victorious generals, the generals’ slaves would also be displayed, reminding onlookers that mortality can never be eluded, and that sometimes the first shall be last and the last shall be first.

“We chose the title because we’ve had a few deaths in the family for the band,” Seals said. “Although it’s tragic, it makes you really happy to be alive.”

Guitarist Sameer Bhattacharya quoted 1 Corinthians 13:13, a scripture that conveyed the message of the album: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Despite raising questions of mortality, the concept album is meant to be uplifting and love-inspiring. “Everything we learn here will be applied in the afterlife,” he said.

Read the full article here.







Pat With The Gauntlet Interview! - 3 Comments

The Gauntlet: Hey Pat, how’s everything?
Pat: It is pretty good. I am at home just goofing around. I think we are going to go practice later on.

The Gauntlet: Practicing for the tour?
Pat: That is right. We are trying to get it in the ball park so we don’t embarrass ourselves. We have done a lot of practicing but it has been a lot of short practicing and farting around. We spent about two weeks practicing pretty hard, then Lacey, Jared and Sameer went out on the road for a little bit for the Memento Mori press tour. They did some interviews and the listening parties. That put a monkey wrench in the practice schedule, but now we have a little more time.

The Gauntlet: How did you get out of going?
Pat: I think I was originally supposed to do it. I did most of the acoustic performances with Lacey on the last album. One day we did this acoustic radio thing for the album and it was just setup so badly. I kept trying to play and broke a string. I used this guys electric guitar and it just sounded awful. After that I said that I should not be the one doing this as I am the bass player and the two other guitar players are better than I am. I respectfully bowed out of that and let the people that know what they are doing do it. I am glad I did that though. We have been getting good reports of the other guys performing.

To read the whole interview, click here.







MM Premiere, BB Video & Lacey on THE FOX 107.1! - 15 Comments

Starting Friday night at midnight, Flyleaf fans will be able to stream Memento Mori in FULL on the band’s MySpace page before it hits stores or online retailers.

On November 10, 2009, the day that Memento Mori comes out, everyone will be able to see the video for Beautiful Bride which is premiering on Yahoo!

There are also tons of pre-order opportunities and packages for Memento Mori available on Amazon, SmartPunk, InterPunk, ShockHound, Newbury Comics, HearItFirst.com and MusiChristian.com. So check all of those out, and pick which one(s) you want to participate in!

More news coming soon! I’m going to try to update several times a day, because it seems like news is coming out EVERYWHERE. Memento Mori is out in less than a week. I’m so excited!







Hola! Memento Mori commercial hereeeee! - 19 Comments

Hey! So technically I lied. No new layout yet. I’m almost done working on it though. It’s coming out pretty cool. I used the lithograph from the listening parties as the header graphic because Pat’s artwork is awesome. The new layout should be up within the next couple of days, hopefully.

I’ve completely reuploaded the news management system of the site. Hopefully that takes care of the issues we’ve been having here. If it doesn’t, I’m going to just find something other than wordpress to update with. If I have to do it manually, I will. I’m so doooone with the virus attacks. Please let me know if you have issues via my email (brittany@flyleafonline.com).







Jimmy Kimmel Performance of “Again”! - 31 Comments

It’s so good to see Flyleaf on TV again. They did a great job. Late night TV is never forgiving as far as sound with any band, but the song came across beautifully. So much energy just like always. I looooove this band.

Hopefully we get the full performance of Beautiful Bride too from Kimmel. I really think at the shows us fans go to…we need to shout the “NOW” part in BB. It’ll be so fun. And I’ll give everyone a dollar. Can’t beat that.







Round 2 of MM Album Cover Contest, Pictures and Pre-Order! - 20 Comments

Voting for the second round of the Memento Mori Album Cover contest is up. Go cast your vote for your favorite album cover! Remember to read the rules and to have fun! :)

Also — don’t forget to pre-order your copy of MM on iTunes. If you pre-order the deluxe edition, you get 4 bonus tracks, plus two iTunes exclusives (Bittersweet & Stay). Pretty exciting!

Thanks to Franklin, we have some pictures from the first date of the Memento Mori Tour!







Fuse LET IT ROCK - 4 Comments

Lacey and Jared will be on Fuse’s show Let It Rock tomorrow at 3PM EST. Here are a few previews of the show! They autoplay, so I’m not going to post them here on the front page.

Afghanistan Clip
Message to Young Women

Unfortunately, I don’t really have a way of recording this one. So if somebody wanted to record it and send me the HD rip of it, I’d be more than willing to send you a cool Flyleaf related gift in return. :) Email me if you’re interested!







Facebook Twitter & Merch Page! - 5 Comments

Just wanted to let everyone know that Flyleaf has been updating their FaceBook and Twitter pages a lot lately! If you have accounts with either social networking sites, go ahead and add them. It’s a great way to stay updated with the band.

You can also get this awesome bundle of merch if you pre-order Memento Mori via the bands official merch page. It includes a t-shirt, patch, notebook, pencil, deluxe edition of Memento Mori and an awesome autographed poster designed by Pat:







Flyleaf ARISE & Again acoustic in Orlando + INTERVIEW - 38 Comments

If I’m not mistaken, this is the very first time Arise has surfaced on the internet in its entirety. What do you guys think? I know it’s hard to imagine what the song will be like in full studio form after seeing the acoustic version, but it’s really so beautiful. Anyone who went to a listening party too can agree with that, I’m sure. I love the acoustic version too. Anyway, let everyone know what you think in the comments!

More news, videos, pictures, etc to come soon! I’ll probably be working on the site all day, so hopefully I’ll have more tonight. :D