Sunday, January 20, 2013

Song Of The Week: 1/20/13

Song: "Just Another Lie"

Artist: Flaw

Album: "Flaw"

Year: 1998

"Just Another Lie" appears to be a song about just being sick of the lies and untruths that are constantly being told to us, most likely as a society. I feel it's definitely being said about authoritative figures whether it be government, law or something along those lines. You sense the vocalist feels suffocated by the deceit of those who are supposed to have our best interest at heart. This song is a rare one in the Flaw catalogue, appearing on their 1998 independently released self/titled album. Flaw, a nu-metal band from Kentucky, formed back in 1995. After the grunge thing started slowing down a bit, a cast of nu-metal bands began coming out of the woodwork. Bands such as Korn, Staind and the Deftones. These bands definitely had a more metal feel to them than the more alternative sounds of the early 90's grunge movement. Flaw falls into that category. From 1996 to 2000, Flaw released three albums independently, 1996's "American Arrogance", 1998's "Flaw" and 2000's "Drama". Eventually the band caught the ear of Universal/Republic Records who signed the band. 2001's "Through The Eyes" would be Flaw's major label debut and their most successful album to date. The album eventually topped the Billboard Heatseekers Chart thanks in part to the singles "Payback", "Whole" and "Only The Strong". It also won them a spot on the 2002 Ozzfest tour. In 2004, the band released "Endangered Species". Though the album debuted at number 42 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, sales quickly fell off and it was a major disappointment for the band as well as their label, Universal, who wound up dropping the band. It was at this time that the band decided to part ways with each other. The break-up was short lived however, as Flaw reunited in 2006 with all four founding members. In 2007, the band toured for much of the year and intended to begin work on a new album. Internal conflicts began to tear the band apart once again however, and founding members guitarist Jason Daunt and vocalist Chris Volz decided to form a new band. This band was called Foundation, but soon they reclaimed the Flaw name. In 2009, Flaw released a new album "Home Grown Studio Sessions" which was only available as a digital download. 2010 brought more of the same internal strife as many more tour dates had to be cancelled putting the band in a bad spot, especially with their increasingly angry fan base. Volz set out to rekindle the relationships with his Flaw bandmates in hopes of releasing a new album, an EP, a DVD and a new tour in 2012. New tour dates were announced for 2012, but Flaw announced they would be with a new lead singer, Andy Paul. Almost as soon as these tour dates were announced, they were once again cancelled. Currently, the Flaw camp has announced that they are working on an EP which is scheduled to be released sometime in the Spring of 2013. The EP is said to have Andy Paul on vocals which should make the Chris Volz fans unhappy. Although, by now, what fans the band has left have most likely come to the realization that Flaw has been a trainwreck since just after 2004. I personally don't have too much hope for them in the future but they have left some pretty decent albums of post grunge/nu metal songs for listeners to enjoy.

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