Epic Reflexes began as a bedroom recording project singer/guitarist Brad Bartee concocted as a way to kill time while attending film school. After self-releasing a string of inspired lofi rock albums that showcase his talent for melody and lyrical storytelling, drummer Rene Duplantier convinced Bartee to form a band around the project. With Duplantier behind the kit, Sean Weber playing bass, and Adam Vizier on keys, Epic Reflexes has been able to achieve the robust and dynamic sound often hinted at on the early LPs.
"RING of FLOWERS"
In a vacant house in Mccomb, Mississippi, members of Epic Reflexes escape the noise of an unyielding pandemic that is threatening the nature of live music. Sitting among the pool table, now the control room of their second album, the apathetic yet hopeful group reimagine the context of the current culture through thumping drums and droning guitars reverberating the walls of the old house. Ring of Flowers strikes a similar chord to their debut, but with distinguished nuance. A rooted and well-rehearsed line-up has allowed the band to drift away from a single-songwriter method to focus on writing as a group. They have flexed their intuitive muscles and explored sonic textures to flesh out new material during live shows to see what works and what doesn’t. They have a knack for feeling their material without aimlessly drifting into “jam-band” territory, evident on “Living in The Midnight Hour” and “Medicine”. Instead of working with what they have, they made the album how they wanted, moving from tracking in MS, to Morgan City and Metairie, Louisiana adding synths and other additional musicians. The album shows the band’s ability to hold the listener close with anthemic hooks while releasing them into intrinsic melodic waves.