Flyleaf makes room for new front woman Kristen May.
Texas alternative metal band may be switching their tunes soon since co-founder Lacey Sturm called it quits in October of last year. Despite her singing almost sounding like she had marbles in her mouth, I actually enjoyed their sound. The music was heavy, lyrics were poetic, and a great cry when I was on my menzies!
Kristen May was front woman for the band Vedera before joining Flyleaf. I listened to their song Satisfy and I was not! The song was very soft and had a pop feeling to it. I felt as if I was listening to Christian rock, the radio friendly kind. You know, the ones that you hear when you go visit some doctor’s office or something. Not to say White metal sucks or anything considering I do enjoy some Underoath but c’mon… take the tampon out of your vag, Kristen. Don’t get me wrong, the woman is talented but her voice seems very pop friendly and I really hope the band won’t sound like that from now on. I hope it still sounds like Flyleaf. Kristen has that hipster look while Lacy looks like a grungy, dirty chick that woke up in her prom dress not knowing what alley she woke up in, grabbed a mic and started screaming.
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I love that look. In fact, in high school and most of my college career, I rocked that same look. Mainly because I really did wake up a few times not knowing how I ended up where I did.
Back to the music! While Kristen may be the new girl for a metal band she did admit that she will still be focusing on her solo career, “This by no means will put my solo career on the back burner. I’m finally honing in on the sound I’m going for and couldn’t be more excited.” You can read more about her solo career there. I wanted to hear how she, as a solo artist, sounded like so I jumped on Youtube and searched. Distracted came up from what may appear to be her account. It may or may not be really her actual account; you know how “fans” are. Anyhoo, I nearly pooped out rainbows how chirpy and girly this song was. It was so girly it jump started my period.
Let me stop bashing her for a moment. I did give her a quick shot. I wanted to know if she could really belt out what Lacey could. They are working on a 14 song set album so there aren’t any music (or audio) videos to compare, however, I did find All Around Me being performed live with Kristen. I did enjoy it. In fact, what I enjoyed most about it is the same reason I second guessed her: her clear, clean voice. Lacey did a fantastic job on the vocals but Kristen’s voice is so crisp and clean I really did enjoy it. She hit the notes but I couldn’t make out if she really used her voice to do the opening scream.
Flyleaf will continue with the new change and Lacey appears to be completely alright with it. Lacey took the time to express her words on their website (which I cannot find the link for). “I understand that, for me, living life to the fullest in this season means to step down as the lead singer for Flyleaf. I wish the best to [band members] Jared [Hartmann], Pat [Seals], Sameer [Bhattacharya] and James [Culpepper] and I know that as I continue to pursue the highest heights of what I am created for, it will free them all to pursue that for themselves too.” You can read the rest of the article on Fuse TV.
New Horizons, the band’s last album with Lacey, is out in stores now J
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