Walking into Flaccid’s practice is loud, to say the least. The five-member Bloomington band immediately fell into a natural rhythm with their music, communicating only with eye contact and small hand motions toward each other. What audience members might believe to be a well-rehearsed song may be the band feeding off of each other’s energy.
“All In,” which was finished, finalized and uploaded to their Bandcamp in mid-August, showcases a collection of both old and new work by the band. To celebrate, Flaccid will be showcasing music off the new album during a headlining set at The Castle Theatre Sept. 16, which will feature some other local music opening acts such as Vimana and Alex and the XO’s.
“It’s just a big celebration for us really. It’s a culmination of work on this one album, and to be able to have a headlining show at The Castle Theatre, which is somewhere we’ve played plenty of times, is great…it’s just going to be a huge party with all of our friends,” lead singer Nolan Kelly said.
During practice, band members say they typically intend to practice songs from the new album at the beginning but end up jamming instead. They roll with the punches of key changes and drift from their original songs naturally.
Drummer Nick Ward said this is not unusual, as a planned set list is often strayed from or ignored all together in favor of reading the crowd’s energy rather than adhering strictly to a specific list of songs.
The band is usually more relaxed when it comes to planning a show but is spending more time on the dynamics for this specific performance.
“We’re working on some special stuff for the show,” Keyboardist CJ Kelly said, without revealing anything too specific so that audience members can be surprised.
“A lot of planning, as far as the set list, goes into a show like this...a lot of times we kind of leave it up in the air, but for a show like this we will probably write out a pretty specific set list,” Kelly said.
However, it’s likely that Flaccid will eventually go back to its traditional method of performing, which includes reading the room and basing the show off of the feelings of the audience and each other. Even with the bigger stage and more dramatic light production, Flaccid can never stray too far from its roots when it comes to a live show.
“When we write a full set list, we generally will not play all of it, because we’ll start feeling something else 30 minutes later anyway,” Ward said.
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