At its core Doom Flamingo is a synthwave dance party. Synthwave is a relatively new genre, popular in Europe, which features retro synthesizer sounds that conjure nostalgia for the music of 1980s pop culture. The sextet Doom Flamingo has a rather Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde element to its songwriting. Radio-friendly pop-hooks, Top Gun guitar riffs, and Miami Beach poolside lounge-vibes, are all at once contrasted with dark synth sounds eerily reminiscent of old John Carpenter films. The cast of talented musicians in this project came together organically through friendships and past collaborations. These are some of the most sought after artists in their hometown of Charleston, SC, and beyond. The project features Umphrey’s McGee’s bassist Ryan Stasik, who’d been looking for a local group with which to play. The band has since wasted no time when presented with the opportunity to create new music.After a brief period of brainstorming, Doom Flamingo got right to work rehearsing. These first rehearsals took place in their hometown at The Charleston Pour House thanks to the generosity of proprietor Alex Harris. A new studio space in downtown Charleston named Rialto Row was the site for the first recordings of Doom Flamingo with producers Wolfgang Zimmerman and Doom guitarist Thomas Kenney. The group tracked five songs in two days at Rialto, and camera crews captured 600 gigs of content to document the story of what transpired. It was during two days in the first week of May 2018 that Doom Flamingo began its rise. The instrumentation for the first Doom Flamingo songs had been worked on in advance of the studio, but there was one piece of the puzzle that caught everyone off-guard — a voice.The dynamic vocal range from vocalist Kanika Moore sets this project into overdrive. This isn’t the first project on which band members have worked with Kanika. Mike Quinn (Saxophone) is probably most accustomed to sharing the stage with her. Mike has performed with her at countless weddings, club gigs, and even an all-improv set featuring now bandmate Ryan Stasik and other standout musicians called Everyone Orchestra. Still, Mike’s expression upon hearing Kanika in the vox room said it all. His eyes darted around the room where Wolfgang houses his his 1979 Neotek Series II board, connecting with his new band-mates in awe. Kanika has something you can’t teach, and that’s not to say she hasn’t tirelessly honed her craft. She has. There’s a certain star quality that she possesses in her quiet confidence. It’s hard to describe her sound as she’s really a chameleon of various sounds. While she can, and often does, do anything she wants with her voice, there’s an honesty that shines through in both her songwriting and her tone.
While the band feverishly pushed through more of their ideas for songs in the studio space at Rialto, Kanika sat quietly in the compound’s front “dormitory” area listening to recently tracked audio on her headphones. With a pencil and paper, Kanika crafted full verses, refrains even a rapid-fire hip-hop verse with unique syncopation. Kanika was mostly silent until her time in the vox room. It was as if she’d been waiting to say something meaningful all the while, and the message came through loud, and clear — Doom Flamingo rises.The first Doom Flamingo concert took place at the Omar Shrine in Mount Pleasant, SC following an Umphrey’s McGee show just down the road at the Grove at Patriot’s Point on May 31, 2018. Doom performed their original material for the first time in front of a crowd with rave reviews. They also showed their range covering songs from Black Sabbath, Chaka Khan, ZZ Top, Poolside, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, and more. After one show the group has already hosted a segment on SiriusXM.The band is also now working with Canadian Illustrator Jordan Noir to create band member characters for use in a Doom Flamingo graphic novel.Be on the lookout for Doom Flamingo’s four song EP release in the near future!