Flaw (band)

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Flaw
Origin Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Genres Nu metal, hard rock, alternative metal
Years active 1995–2004
2006–present
Labels Universal/Republic (2000–2004)
Associated acts Five Bolt Main
Chris Volz
Nailgun Strategy
Black Market Hero
Darwin's Waiting Room
Silence Is Broken
Foundation
(intheclear)
Signal The Revolution
Saturate
Website http://www.flawband.com
Members Chris Volz
Jason Daunt
Lance Arny
Ryan Jurhs
Chris Ballinger
Past members Micah Havertape
Andy Russ
Alex Cando
Ivan Arnold
Sean Rued
Chris Marple

Flaw is a rock band from Louisville, Kentucky. The band was formed by guitarist Jason Daunt in 1995.

History[edit]

Independent Albums (1995-2000)[edit]

Flaw was formed in 1995 when vocalist Chris Volz answered an ad in a local paper placed by guitarist Jason Daunt, looking for a singer for an alternative/industrial band. The band's rhythm section progressed through several line-ups but solidified with the addition of bassist Ryan Jurhs in 1996. That same year the band recorded their first independent record American Arrogance.

Because they were low on money, the band ordered everything they needed to record from the Musician's Friend catalog, then returned it using the 30-day return policy. Their album gave them the opportunity to open for acts including Fear Factory and Econoline Crush. A local radio station, The Fox, broadcast the songs from Flaw's indie disc, giving them further notoriety.

Two more independent records, 1998's self-titled album Flaw and 2000's Drama were later produced.

Major Label Albums (2001-2004)[edit]

Flaw signed to Universal/Republic Records in 2000, and proceeded to release their debut album, Through the Eyes in 2001. The album eventually topped the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, due to moderate rotation of their music videos "Payback" and "Whole" on MTV2 and rock radio stations. In 2002, the band played at Ozzfest.

In 2004, after three years without releasing a new album, Flaw returned to the studio to begin recording their second studio album, Endangered Species. The band had parted ways with guitarist Jason Daunt and drummer Chris Ballinger and added Micah Havertape as their new drummer. The only single released from Endangered Species was "Recognize" and it received little amount of radio play. A music video was supposed to be filmed for the single but it never happened.

Endangered Species debuted at No. 42 on the Billboard Top 200, selling 27,527[citation needed] copies in its first week.

Breakup and post-breakup projects (2004-2006)[edit]

Flaw was dropped by their label Universal Records in late 2004 and eventually broke up. Chris Volz formed Five Bolt Main with drummer Ivan Arnold who had played with Flaw from 1998 to 2000. They signed with Rock Ridge Records and released a studio album and a live album before disbanding.

After leaving Flaw, Jason Daunt played in another Louisville band called Into Another, as well as attending law school. Chris Ballinger played in a few bands and Lance Arny began playing guitar for Nailgun Strategy. Micah Havertape went on to play with Black Market Hero alongside ex-40 Below Summer members. Ryan Jurhs also temporarily played with the band.

Flaw reunion (2006 - present)[edit]

In 2006, Flaw reunited with four of the founding members: Chris Volz, Jason Daunt, Lance Arny, and Chris Ballinger. The band recruited bassist Alex Cando, formerly of Five.Bolt.Main, on bass. On March 11, 2007, at Headliner's Music Hall in Louisville, Kentucky, the band played its first show since their breakup, sharing the stage with Powerman 5000 before heading out on their own reunion tour with Arny's other band, Nailgun Strategy. On this tour, Flaw announced that they hoped to release an album in 2007 and were trying to find the right record company to sign with. Neither of those things ultimately happened that year.

The band went on to have numerous line-up changes and internal problems throughout 2007 and 2008. Daunt was only been able to make a couple of the shows due to his work as a full-time lawyer. For all the shows Daunt was unable to make, Andy Russ from Arny's other band, Nailgun Strategy, performed in Daunt's place. Eventually, Daunt left the band and was replaced full-time by Russ. Alex Cando also left, and was replaced by past member Ryan Juhrs.

Internal strife continued, with Volz and Daunt leaving to form a new band called Foundation. At this point the other three members of Flaw. Ballinger, Arny, and Juhrs, tried to carry on as Flaw, but Daunt and Volz reclaimed the name Flaw and applied it to their new band.

In December 2008 a MySpace bulletin was posted by Flaw stating that all future concert dates had been canceled due to conflicts between Volz and current members of the band.

However, in 2009, the band later came forward claiming that former "hired guns" in Flaw hacked the official MySpace and wrote this false information. They revealed that they were still working on a new album, and had a new drummer Sean Rued. Their third album, Home Grown Studio Sessions was later independently released for digital download via the website DiGiSTATION on November 16. 2009, and at all concerts since its release.

The band continued to tour into 2010, with Chris Marple filling in on bass until Ryan Jurhs could return due to work/scheduling conflict. However, in early July 2010, signs of internal problems arose with Russ leaving for "health and personal reasons". In Mid July 2010 Arny once again brought Chris Marple (Caldera & Kentucky Death Wish) back into the picture. This time Marple would be playing guitar, along with Arny, Jurhs, Volz & Rued to complete the full line up once again.

Flaw tour dates were scheduled immediately & posted from July through October 2010. During the course of each run, these tours were with Tantric, Burn Halo, and Saturate. Unfortunately, somewhere during the course of these 3 tours, there was animosity between certain members & Flaw canceled all remaining tour dates with no explanation, on November 2, 2010.

Volz announced that he is trying to rekindle relationships with other members of Flaw to release their fourth studio album and an EP[1] by mid-2012 with a DVD release to follow, as well as work on Five.Bolt.Main material and solo material[2] He also announced that Flaw will be touring in mid March.[3]

As of November 13, 2012, an announcement was made on the official Flaw Facebook page that they will begin touring in December 2012 with singer Andy Paul of (intheclear), but all tour dates were cancelled without explanation.[4][5]

After the tour was canceled, it was announced that Chris Marple had joined the Louisville-based rock band Signal The Revolution.

Lance Arny joined Saturate[6] as the 2nd guitar player in December 2012 and contributed guitar work to a new Saturate EP Damage the Memory which was released on February 8, 2013.[7]

On July 17, 2013 it was announced that the band had returned to the "Through The Eyes" line-up of Jason Daunt, Chris Volz, Lance Arny, Ryan Juhrs & Chris Ballinger.[8][9] It was also stated that they are working on a new album and rehearsing for live shows in August.[10][11][12]

On October 29, 2013, a new website went live after 8 years of having their main website inactive.[13][14] On February 16, 2014, the band uploaded a new song entitled "Uncurled" on their website, and announced that they have recorded "14 or 15 new songs", noting that 3 songs are old songs updated for the new album.[15][16][17] The band also announced on February 17, that a new song called "I'll Carry You" will be available.[18]

In June 2014, it was announced that FLAW would be playing the Louder Than Life festival in Louisvile KY with bands such as Korn, Limp Bizkit and Stone Temple Pilots.

On July 8th 2014, Flaw started an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for a full US tour with a new album to be released sometime in 2015. the band is offering many items and perks in return for donations to help support the US tour.

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Chris Volz - vocals (1995-2004, 2006-2012, 2013-present)
  • Jason Daunt - guitar (1995–2002, 2006–2008, 2013-present)
  • Ryan Jurhs - bass, backing vocals (1995–2004, 2008–present)
  • Lance Arny - guitar (1998–2004, 2006–2007, 2008–present)
  • Chris Ballinger - drums (1999–2003, 2006–2007, 2013-present)

Former members and Touring Members[edit]

  • Tommy Wright - drums (1995)
  • Ivan Arnold - drums (1995–1998)
  • Nick Haupt - drums (1998)
  • Dave Wathen - drums (1998–99)
  • Micah Havertape - drums (2003–2004)
  • Sean Rued - drums (2009–2012)
  • Terry Harper - drums (2008-2009, 2012–2013)
  • Alex Cando - bass (2006–2007)
  • Tyler Mathews - bass (2007–2008)
  • Nathan McDaniel - guitar (2007–2008)
  • Andy Russ - guitar (2008–2010)
  • Chris Marple - guitar (2010–2012)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Label
1997 American Arrogance Independent release
1998 Flaw Independent release
2000 Drama EP Independent release
2001 Through the Eyes Universal Records
2004 Endangered Species Universal Records
2009 Home Grown Studio Sessions Independent release

Singles[edit]

Year Song US Hot 100 U.S. Modern Rock U.S. Main- stream Rock Album
2001 "Payback" - - #33 Through the Eyes
2001 "Only the Strong" - - - Through the Eyes
2002 "Whole" - - #38 Through the Eyes
2004 "Recognize" - - #25 Endangered Species

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