Out of the small, quiet town of Temple, Texas emerges a rock band that is about to take the world by storm. Fronted by Lacey Mosley, Flyleaf is comprised of members James Culpepper on drums, Sameer Bhattacharya and Jared Hartmann on guitar, and Pat Seals rounding out their sound on bass. Not just your average angry rockers, this fresh and innovative group cites influences such as Rage Against the Machine, Incubus, Nirvana and Foo Fighters. Yet, Flyleaf is a hybrid of both the music of their influences and a sound crafted by their own personal passions. Behind Lacey's slight presence hides a powerful and strong voice that is as magnetic as it is surprising. In fact, not only Lacey but all these five young Texans will catch you off guard. Get them on stage and they explode with an energy and a passion that is rarely witnessed amongst today's young bands.
Flyleaf's music is probably best described by Lacey herself. "Our music is passionate and on purpose. It's angry and sad and urgent and loving. It's about our experiences and passions and how we have overcome. Our message is to encourage the hopeless people to have hope, and the apathetic people to stand up in their destinies and purposes and believe in something good and world changing." Their music is filled with pathos and positivity all in one breath. When watching this band perform, it's hard to see how one could not be inspired.
The band members met through going to the same church and local rock shows. Since forming the band they have played all major cities in Texas and have headlined for hundreds of fans in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and of course, their hometown of Temple. They've also opened for national acts such as Evanescence, Bowling For Soup, Riddlin' Kids, and Flickerstick.
Flyleaf signed to Octone Records, an artist development co-venture with J Records and home of Maroon 5, in January of 2004 and is about to release their first EP. The band spent time recording with legendary producer Rick Parasher (Pearl Jam, Default, Alice In Chains, 3 Doors Down) and brought in Kevin Shirley (The Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Silverchair, Our Lady Peace) to mix the tracks. The final EP, produced by both Rick Parasher and Brad Cook (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters) is a great taste of the passionate energy the band conveys on stage.
In the summer of 2004 Flyleaf toured the country with Platinum selling artist, Trust Company. With an upcoming tour supporting Saliva and Earshot, and even more to come, Flyleaf is poised for breakout success. "What sets Flyleaf apart is that it's not just a job, there's a passionate message and an urgency about our message that we try and convey every time we perform."
Temple, Texas is about to earn its place on the map.