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Live in Portland, Oregon, April 2013

Review by Larry Toering

Being new to Flurries, I didn't exactly know what to expect when getting out to see them, particularly since I obtained their debut CD at the show. After seeing them and enjoying the disc I'm glad I did. This band is essentially a trio, consisting of front man Michael Johnson who writes and plays an assortment of instruments, drummer Christian Cochran, and recently enlisted Elijah Johnson on guitar and vocals. All I had heard was that they were an original progressive rock band that came highly recommended. And I got exactly that from their energetic, yet passionate, eclectic and groovy performance.

I'm sure guitarist/vocalist Elijah Johnson brings a lot to this band, judging from their CD and how he fits in with the material on stage. He is an exceptional talent with star qualities. The music these guys play is more of an AOR prog nature than harder prog rock, but that isn't to say they don't also rock very hard with a lot of inspiration credit to bands like Yes, mixed with the likes of Simple Minds and Tears For Fears. I think these bands sum up their likely influences and overall musical approach, which is a marvelous balance of genres.

Larry Toering
Larry Toering
Larry Toering

It was an exhausting set - but I look forward to seeing how they vary in performance next time, and as new material comes out recorded by the current line-up. They are both something I highly anticipate, as they gear up for their next release and take it to another level. It's not every day that a band of this diversity and interesting blend of styles comes along — especially a trio, which in all sense is what they are, and a fine one at that. These guys are a rare talent to witness, and hopefully with a bright future ahead of them, they should make big strides in the year to come.

Larry Toering
Larry Toering
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