Flashlight Brown

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Flashlight Brown
Origin Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Genres Punk rock
Pop punk
Alternative rock
Ska punk
Years active 1996–present
Labels Hollywood
Website flashlightbrown.com
Members Fil Bucchino
Matt Hughes
Tim Thomson
Bart Doroz (2006-Present)
Past members Marky Buffone (1996-2000)
Mike Conroy (2000-2006)

Flashlight Brown is a Canadian punk rock band, originally from Guelph, who formed in 1996.[1]

Biography[edit]

Bucchino, Conroy, Hughes, and Thomson formed a band, then simply called "Flashlight", out of boredom and frustration and quickly moved from the small college town of Guelph to the much larger Toronto, Ontario. At first, they were unable to get the attention of nightclub owners, so they devised a fictitious talent agency, called the Harry Wells Booking Agency, which would "represent" them. With the agency as their intermediate, they quickly gained enough recognition to go on tour.

They began touring across Canada in a van. In 1997, they managed to release a self-titled debut album through the Quebec-based Stomp Records, which they would follow up with the Running Season LP two years later. During this time they also managed to film a video for their song "Sonia Bianchi", which received air time on Much Music.

By 2001, the band had established a national touring schedule and had added the word "Brown" to their name, after some pressure from a 1970s funk band called "Flashlight".[2][3] They then released another self-titled album (under the new name) through Union 2112[4] (the new version of Stomp, which had recently merged with 2112 Records).

Midway through their 2002 tour, the band was contacted by Rob Cavallo (of Green Day fame), a man who was admired by the band members. Cavallo flew the band to Los Angeles, originally to record a two-song demo, but this quickly turned into a record deal with Hollywood Records.[5] In April 2003, the band released their major label debut, My Degeneration,[6][7] an album they deemed to be a "culmination of a 6 year career of living on the edge between a dream and despair".[citation needed] The album featured many re-recorded, old favourites along with some new material.

In 2003, the band played over 200 dates in North America.[8] They played various popular festivals such as Warped Tour, Lollapalooza and Snow Jam. In early 2004, they appeared on The Toronto Show.[9]

In 2005, it was announced that they would be recording a new album with Hollywood Records called Blue. The album was completed in early 2006 and the band released two songs, "Save it for Later" and "I'm a Human", on their website. In April, the album was then released in advance on iTunes. The album's release date was then set for June 6.

Also in April 2006, it was announced by Matt Hughes on the Flashlight Brown forums that Mike Conroy would be leaving the band for personal reasons.[10] Bart Doroz, formerly of The Getaway, was brought in to replace him on guitar.

When June came around, Blue's release was delayed for undisclosed reasons. The nature of the delay has still been left to speculation, however, in early July the band's website went down and their Myspace account had the following message posted:

"Hi all. Due to extreme differences of opinion, we are no longer with Hollywood Records. These circumstances have forced us to cancel all our summer touring. Apologies to all, especially to those who have been patiently waiting for the release of a record that is 3 years overdue. The record will come out soon and we will let you know when it becomes available in your country. Thanks for being there for us and we can't wait to play again in your hometown."

In January 2007, a video for the Blue single Sicker was released, followed by the full album. In a generally favourable review, Chart magazine wrote, "It's the kind of pop-rock that isn't merely catchy, it's rewarding after repeated listens."[11] Exclaim!'s review was more negative, saying, "While the energy and enthusiasm put forth on tracks such as "Sicker,” "Get Out Of My Car” and "Party By Myself” is admirable, there’s a distinct stench of immaturity here that detracts from the overall product."[12]

Discography[edit]

Band members[edit]

  • Fil Bucchino – bass, vocals
  • Bart Doroz – lead guitar
  • Matt Hughes – lead vocals, guitar
  • Tim Thomson – drums

Former members[edit]

  • Marky Buffone – lead guitar
  • Mike Conroy – lead guitar
  • Tristan O'Malley – lead guitar
  • Andrew McMullen - drums

Additional information[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bailey, Katie (May 15, 2002). "Flashlight Brown Light Up The West", Chart. Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  2. ^ Kurchak, Sarah (October 4, 2001). "Flashlight Turning Brown?", Chart. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  3. ^ Robillard Laveaux, Olivier (December 26, 2001). "Flashlight Brown: Flashlight Brown (in French)", Voir. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  4. ^ Cohen, Dan (February 2001). "Flashlight Brown: Flashlight Brown", Exclaim!. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  5. ^ Gold, Kerry (November 6, 2003). "Flashlight Brown clicks on at local clubs", The Vancouver Sun, p. C6.
  6. ^ Davies, James (April 21, 2003). "Flashlight Brown: \"We Play Rock Music\"", Chart. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  7. ^ Spizzirri, Manuela (October 23, 2003). "Flashlight Brown Tours Before Winter Hibernation", Chart. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  8. ^ Bruhm, Jon (December 11, 2003). "Flashlight Brown Irritated By Ringtones", Chart. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  9. ^ Velagic, Jennifer (January 14, 2004). "Flashlight Brown Make Their Mark On Ontario", Chart. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ Jiwani, Shehzaad (December 5, 2006). "Flashlight Brown: Blue", Chart. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  12. ^ Carman, Keith (February 2007). "Flashlight Brown: Blue", Exclaim!. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  13. ^ [2][dead link]
  14. ^ [3][dead link]

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