Interview with Tomina (Flynn Effect)

Hi my name is Dean and thank you for taking the time to chat to us here at Silver Tiger Media. Not long now before OBSIDIAN is unleashed to the unsuspecting public. We are beyond excited, how are you guys feeling?

The same actually! Excited, a little nervous, but mostly just thrilled that it’ll soon be out in the world.

First on the table is a challenge: can you in one short paragraph, sum up the history of Flynn Effect from conception to the current day?

Flynn Effect started by chance, grew into a friendship and a musical partnership that then became an entity of its own. We began jamming together in 2012, our live debut was in 2014 and we’ve made a few of our dreams come true since. Now in 2017, we’re in a really good place.

Obsidian is your second debut album, was it harder to make your second album then your first album SKIN?

I wouldn’t say harder, we had grown up a bit at that point and we knew what we wanted. it was more so things outside of the band that made things difficult, things happening in our lives. It was harder to choose songs from all the material we had, I think we definitely cut out a lot more this time. It made for a sort of Frankenstein album, but we are a lot like that as people and musicians – we have tonnes of different inspirations and that’s really on show in Obsidian I think.

What does the album’s title reveal, if anything, about the album’s impact and themes?

I was reading about the Obsidian, and there is a phrase that describes it as ‘Volcanic glass’. I loved the idea of something seemingly fragile associated with such violence and heat. The album deals with love and loss a lot and I had just gone through a difficult separation so on the other side of it, I felt like I had become stronger through that experience. The dark colour is also a reference to those experiences and feelings, but also of the sense of calm that comes after.

When you started writing for OBSIDIAN did it go in a different direction then what you initially had in mind??

We never really have a direction. We just start writing and see what happens, it’s a very natural process, we just let the music happen. It’s a case of whatever comes to us at the time, but we do have other considerations, like making sure things work live, that we have sections where people can dance, that sort of thing. We are currently 10 songs into the third album, and this one does have a more structured nature I think, but again, it’s always about throwing ideas around, picking the best ones and putting them into an album. We don’t ask ourselves what will work for people or what songs might get on the radio, we just do what we do and that keeps us happy.

The artwork for OBSIDIAN is quite interesting what is the story behind it?

I stumbled upon this image online and I found it really striking. We had some really tough times over the last couple of years, and around the time we were finishing the record, it felt like the image represented us as a collective and also the album and its meaning. We had battled and won.

Is there any particular song that you enjoy performing live?

I personally love performing Never Let Me Go. In my mind I always dedicate it to a dear friend of ours that we lost not long ago and it’s always emotional, but at the same time the song celebrates the fact that they were here.

You have a small tour coming up, what kind of reaction from fans do you most enjoy seeing?

Its great when we just see them having a good time, that’s all that matters. When you see people rocking out and dancing, you know they’re far away from their troubles, and we feel honoured to be able to do that for them. It is an awesome feeling.

How do you prepare for touring different states?

We just make sure we have options in case something goes wrong, making sure that we’re well prepared, organised and on time. We play the set for months to get it just right.  I take a lot stuff with me to ensure i’m healthy and can perform. In terms of gauging the reaction, there are a lot of myths about certain cities, like expecting a placid crowd in Sydney for example, or Brisbane always sells last minute, that sort of thing. It doesn’t matter to us, if there’s one dude watching us and he’s having a ball, we’re happy.

Congratulations again on OBSIDIAN and thank you again for your time, and hope to see FLYNN EFFECT in the near future.

Thank you for having me!

Friday August 11 – The Factory Floor – Sydney NSW

with Gods of Eden, Mercury Sky, Reign on Mars

Sunday August 13 – The Workers Club – Melbourne VIC

with Caution:Thieves, Enlight, Terrestrials

Friday August 18 – The Brightside – Brisbane QLD

with Mercury Sky, Seraphic, Periapsis