Credit: Susannah Elliot

Synthwave rock group Doom Flamingo’s newest EP, Flamingo, is the effervescent, summer vacation complement to the more ominous EP, Doom. While the latter is composed of heavier ’80s-inspired rock tracks, Flamingo is a buoyant collection of songs that epitomize the playful mood of the warmer months. Together, the two EPs exemplify the duality that is characteristic of Doom Flamingo’s sound.

“The Flamingo EP is sort of the response to the Doom EP. The original concept was to create this almost bipolar double EP release, with the Doom being very 80s rock influenced, almost hair metal at times, and the Flamingo being more Miami vice, roller skates, pool party, summer jams … It’s the summer party response,” said guitarist Thomas Kenney. 

The band is an eclectic collaboration of musicians that, in addition to Kenney, includes lead singer Kanika Moore, keyboardist Ross Bogan, saxophonist Mike Quinn, drummer Stuart White and bassist Ryan Stasik of Upmphree’s McGee.

Doom Flamingo has been performing these songs at shows for a couple of years, but it wasn’t until the pandemic that the band was able to finally sit down and record. 

“It gave us a lot of time to slow down and reflect and get in the studio and create,” Kenney said. The result of that effort was to finally record this collection of tracks, which showcase Moore’s soulful vocal stylings at their most dynamic. 

“Every time I listen to every song on this EP I still get goosebumps,” Kenney said. “Playing these songs live hasn’t gotten old at all. All of the songs on this EP are going to be around for a while.” 

Flamingo is now available on all major streaming platforms. To catch Doom Flamingo live, check out its fall tour dates.

Credit: Paul Chelmis

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