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Flyleaf Aren't Evanescence, And Boys Smell

Flyleaf might be a hard rock band fronted by a woman, but singer Lacey Mosley says the comparisons to Amy Lee's band should stop right there.

"We get a lot of comparisons to Evanescence and stuff like that. I think that's just because it's rare right now to have a female-fronted, heavy, darker rock band. As far as the musical sound, I think we're a lot different."

The Belton, Texas quintet which also includes guitarists Sameer Bhattacharya and Jared Hartmann, bassist Pat Seals and drummer James Culpepper formed in 2000.

"We've been together, all of us, since we've been playing in James' garage," says Mosley. "We still play in James' garage, actually."

An element that sets Flyleaf apart from other heavy rock bands is their infusion of hopeful lyrics into their dark music. "That's one of our goals, to bring hope to the front of suffering, despair and all that stuff that heavy rock songs are usually about," Mosley says.

Mosley finds inspiration for her lyrics through her experiences and faith. "I used to be an obnoxious atheist," she says.

"When I was about 16, I planned on killing myself that day that everything changed for me. And there was a miraculous sequence of events that happened to me, and then I knew that there was a God.

"I didn't really know if it was Christianity or not, so I studied it for myself to find out what Christianity is all about. The pieces totally fit together with the miraculous experience I had. And then I understood that my faith tells me that I'm created for a reason and that there's a reason for me wakin' up every day, and it's not about myself. It's just about the fact that I have some sort of purpose, and hopefully my story will help other people."

Mosley grew up listening to grunge rock bands like Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam, and she's influenced by their raw and honest sound.

"I think the most important thing in music to me is that it's honest," she says. "It is what it is, and people liking it is a by-product of doing what you love."

Honesty is also carried into Flyleaf's music. "We're honest and we're not ashamed of who we are," says Mosley.

"If our music has to do with love and grace, which is pretty much what our faith is about, healing and being saved from abusing yourself we hope that it comes to the front, because I think everyone deals with it.

"And if we're going to write a song, we don't want to waste the moment on something that is not life and death because there are so many kids out there that are asking those questions."

Aside from P.O.D., U2 and Coldplay's most recent albums, Mosley is listening to old jazz music. "If you don't grow up listening to jazz, when you hear it, it's so unpredictable," she says.

"It's almost a new way of thinking. And as a vocalist, when you write melodies, you need to know those different ways to put notes together. It's really opening doors."

Flyleaf are busy touring North America and gearing up for the Family Values Tour later this summer, including an August 28 stop at Toronto's Molson Amphitheatre. While Mosley can't wait for a day off, she says the hectic schedules aren't the worst thing about touring it's being on a tour bus full of guys. Although there are several females on the road with the band, including Mosley's best friend who does her hair and makeup, the singer says that it's still hard dealing with the male stench.

"I think the worst part about being with boys is really and truly the smell," Mosley confesses.


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