Doron Flake (l) with bandmates Chris Barone, Nick Logan and Ari Sadowitz
As many of you know, I’ve been following The Smyrk since I first heard them back in the summer. Since they have an upcoming CMJ showcase on Saturday (info below), I figured it would be a perfect time to catch up with Doron Flake, the quartet’s lead singer.
Some of the discussion topics included:
- His serendipitous meeting with the band
- I stand corrected: Incubus is a multicultural band
- What they’ve learned from touring
- His background and influences; integrating his African American roots into as much of the music as possible
- Also, being unafraid to explore and discover new sounds as a listener
- Bands he digs
- Shout out to MilitiA’s credo, “Disgrace your stereotype”
- How they hooked up with Pillow Theory
- Another band he’s checking: The Matches
- How to find The Smyrk
- MTV2’s Dew Circuit Breakout competition
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
The Smyrk and Pillow Theory
30 Lafayette Avenue
IMPORTANT: If you’re planning to check out this show, GET THERE EARLY. Not only is it free, but it’s a CMJ Showcase, so there will no doubt be a lot of extra folks there. You’ve been warned.
After you see them (or before), you can go to the Mountain Dew Circuit Breakout competition page and vote for The Smyrk. C’mon, y’all: Let’s help these guys get to the next round!
Finally, if you dig the music track and want to hear the whole thing, it’s called “Dial V for Venom” from the New Fiction EP.