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The Flood: 'Straight and True'

Posted by Christine / May 17, 2010

"Lines sharp as arrows and this song is my quiver/ They're flying straight and true," singer Patrick Brownson of The Flood hoarsely utters these lines in what is almost a whisper. His is the kind of voice that grasps you with a quiet significance, luring you to sit still, and carefully listen to every single syllable. Appropriately, 'Straight and True,' a song off The Flood's recently released debut album bearing the same name, speaks of a desire to send a shiver through the world with verse and voice.

"My goal is to have my band and I recognized as people who care deeply about the state of aesthetics in general and music in particular, and who believe that the key to a well-functioning world is a well-functioning and healthy sense of art and it's near-divine powers," said Brownson.

I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to leaf through a lyrics package and was struck by how skillfully they were crafted; a triple treat of strong structure, imagery, and reference. Truly, the lines completely lacked the detachment and sense of haste I've grown weary of seeing from other bands. In short, there was a certain tender care in the ebb and flow of each verse; a remarkably refreshing quality worth mentioning.

"I am simply trying to write the best lyrics that I possibly can," said Brownson. "I figure that the potency of the song will be doubled if, not only the music is evocative and memorable, but the lyrics can stand on their own as poetry."

'The Comedian' is a slow climbing dark lullaby with surprise bursts of soaring blues-style guitar riffs. Brownson's voice fluctuates between drawn-out, sinister muttering to sad, bleak laughter, fitting for a narrative redolent of Shakespeare; a gravedigger musing about death's role as the great equalizer.

"You sing, O, death has no dominion/ But you feel the terror in that hollow phrase/ Cuz death is a parched mouth and life is a fountain/ Death is a whipcrack and life is a slave/ Lives are metaphors in death's stark poem/ We are the bruised knuckles and death's the great rage/ But come on/ Can you hear me laughing now?"

The Whole World's Gone' reveals the band's ability to dabble in the upbeat, in pop. This song is a romantic melody of gentle guitar twanging moving on to a fuller, driving chorus. It's catchy as all hell.

"I'm going down anyway, so let's take a ride/ I need somebody by my side/ To slide through life like a runaway train/ Come on and take away half my pain/ Take it away."

The Flood began as Brownson's solo project about two years ago. When he returned to his hometown, Warren, Vermont, Brownson began playing music with childhood friend Troy Sooter and Chris Alberti on the porch of a local hostel/restaurant every Saturday night. The band gradually progressed; creating setlists, advertising, and playing two to three shows a week. The band's momentum speaks to their passion for creating and performing music.

"I think I have stuck with playing music thus far simply because of the serenity I can achieve in composition," said Brownson. "Being in a band and playing shows are both fun in a completely different way, in that they provide me with the insane, drunken social element to counterbalance the introspection and make sure it doesn't get too oppressive."

The Flood will be performing a show here in Montreal on June 3rd at Trois Minots. Doors are at 8:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 9:00 p.m.

The Flood's album can be downloaded at:

More information can be found at The Flood's Myspace page and their blog: and

Photograph is taken from The Flood's Myspace page



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