The last few months have been a whirlwind for Texas alt metal quintet, Flyleaf. The band is currently wrapping up a tour with fellow Texans; Drowning Pool, themselves supporting a new album with a new singer; and Los Angeles based rockers, Stars in Stereo. On March 16, guitarist Jared Hartmann sat down with Metalholic to talk about it all; new album, new vocalist, new tour, and even his passion for food.
Flyleaf was founded in 2002 by Hartmann, fellow guitarist Sameer Bhattacharya, bassist Pat Seals, drummer James Culpepper and former vocalist, Lacey Mosley Sturm. The band released an EP in 2004 followed by its stunning eponymous debut album in 2005, which launched no less than seven hit singles.
Four years would pass before Flyleaf’s sophomore album, the critically acclaimed “Memento Mori“. The record would see five more hit singles for the band, followed relentless touring. During this time Mosley would marry Joshua Sturm and give birth to their son Jack. The band would also have to deal with the death of close friend, studio engineer Rich Caldwell, who passed away tragically in an auto accident on April 19, 2012.
The band would remember Caldwell and welcome Lacey’s son Jack in the video for the title track of the band’s third album, “New Horizons“. After recording the album however, Lacey, citing a change in her values following the birth of her son, her marriage, and the loss of Caldwell, led her to depart Flyleaf a decade after founding the band.
With a new album ready for release the band began to quietly look at new options for a vocalist to lead the band into the second decade of its career. In local Verdana frontwoman, Kristen May, Flyleaf found who they were looking for. The current tour has become a courtship for the band, May, and the fans. She has quickly won over her bandmates who are already writing new material with the singer. Sameer has even mentioned the possibility of a new album as early as this year, though that seems unlikely. In our interview, Hartmann does not rule out one or two new songs coming out this year though. The fans are proving a little more reticent, but Jared says they are overcoming their preconceptions with each passing show and latching onto May as well.
You can watch our full interview below as Jared Hartmann opens up on what it’s like to perform live with a new singer after 10 years, how the fans are responding, and the strangest food he’s ever eaten.
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