Indie-rock quartet Flaggs have announced plans to release their first full-length album this fall. After taking a break last year when original bassist Leslie Schulze left the group to pursue a career in air-traffic control, the group has expanded to a quartet and been working on wrapping up the debut.
The nine-song album is titled God Hates Flaggs, and guitarist / vocalist Lindsay Matheson says that it's tentatively set to be released in September or October.
"We want to make sure it comes out in the best way possible, so we're taking our time with it," she tells CityBeat.
Last year, Flaggs released a self-titled, four-song EP, showcasing their penchant for catchy melodies and fun, surf-inspired hooks. But they're a considerably different band now; bass player Philip Kufek and guitarist / keyboardist Dagart Allison have joined Matheson and drummer Matthew Charles Franco. They're a bigger and more fleshed-out group, and Matheson says listeners can expect something a bit different than their first release.
"The EP felt more like a demo," she says. "We did the whole thing in two days. This is going to show how much hard work we put into it. It's a lot more polished and shows how much growth there has been in the band."
So, about that name—the provocative but amusing God Hates Flaggs was born from riffing on puns and coming up with memorable T-shirt slogans, Matheson says. But it also doubles as a humorous sneer against homophobia and intolerance, turning a hateful attack into a cheeky rhyme. Take that, Westboro Baptist Church.
"The origin of the name God Hates Flaggs is definitely meant to be taken as a statement against the OG proclamation, in terms of a defiant 'Fuck you,'" Matheson says in a follow-up email.
Flaggs will play at Soda Bar on Monday, Aug. 25, and at the Adams Avenue Street Fair on Sept. 27.