September 28, 2010
House of Blues - Dallas
Dallas, TX USA
Review by David Huff
Photos by Vernon L. Gowdy, III
Extrememe Study of Contrasts
Flyleaf straddles a very interesting fence because of their personal religious beliefs. If the band leans one way, they fall into the Christian metal category. If the group tilts the other direction, then they are welcomed with open arms into the rollicking world of alternative and hard rock music. That said, the band made sure the crowd knew exactly where they stood musically with a rollicking hard core number that announced their arrival.
This Belton, Texas based quintet is an extreme study of contrasts - at least on stage. Vocalist Lacey Mosley appearance in a quaint looking 'going to church dress' with her hair in a tight bun, was quite a contrast to the foreboding Resident Evil look of bassist Pat Seals. In the background you had drummer James Culpepper holding a steady beat while guitarists Saneer Bhattacharya and Jared Hartman basically let Mosley and Seals command the stage to their hearts content.
For the past several months, the group has been touring the world behind the release of their second album, Memento Mori. I'm sure radio is still having a tough time trying to define just exactly what Flyleaf does, and to the band's credit, that's a good thing. As long as the group can deliver a quality product that keeps the masses, and the airwaves, guessing can only help all future Flyleaf endeavors.
The band included all the usual suspects in their play list - "Cassie", "Fully Alive", "Breathe Again", "Beautiful Bride" and the crowd favorites, "Missing", "All Around Me" and "I'm So Sick". Now I could sit here and write about the musicianship and Mosley's soaring vocals. However, I'm not going to bore you with all the descriptive language I could come up with to analyze the onstage chemistry, soaring vocals and instrumental prowess on display this evening. And seriously, who cares about the sound, lights or backdrop. Flyleaf came out on stage and did exactly what their fans wanted them to do - rock their brains out.
Don't be surprised if Flyleaf finally breaks out with their third album to be released early next year. The band is on the verge of something big, and their fans know it. That sense of anticipation is the musical leap of faith the group's fans are willing to make judging by their reaction to the music they heard this evening. In the end, stimulating the audience's five senses is really the only thing Flyleaf cares about.