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Best of Coachella Valley 2017-2018: Readers' Picks

Best of Coachella Valley 2017-2018: Readers' Picks

Nov 27, 2017 08:00  |  Staff

At long last … here are the results of the fourth annual Best of Coachella Valley readers' poll!

From all of us here at the Coachella Valley Independent , we’d like to thank the many, many readers who vo...

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Best of Coachella Valley 2017-2018: Staff Picks

Best of Coachella Valley 2017-2018: Staff Picks

Nov 27, 2017 08:00  |  Staff

Best Local Album

Thr3 Strykes, CMNCTN-BRKDWN

When I interviewed them last year, the members of Thr3 Strykes told me that putting together the album that would become CMNCTN-BRKDWN was a proving to be diffi...

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Best Local Band 2017-2018: After a National Tour and a Successful Crowd-Funding Campaign, The Flusters Are Again the 'Independent' Readers' Pick

Best Local Band 2017-2018: After a National Tour and a Successful Crowd-Funding Campaign, The Flusters Are Again the 'Independent' Readers' Pick

Nov 27, 2017 08:00  |  Brian Blueskye

It would be nigh impossible to find a band more deserving of being voted Best Local Band by the readers of this fine publication than The Flusters.

The “California dreamsurf quartet” ended 2016 by rele...

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Best Local Musician 2017-2018: He's Seen It All—After 45 years in the Biz, John Stanley King Is Voted the Best by 'Independent' Readers

Best Local Musician 2017-2018: He's Seen It All—After 45 years in the Biz, John Stanley King Is Voted the Best by 'Independent' Readers

Nov 27, 2017 08:00  |  Brian Blueskye

John Stanley King is a man of many talents, covering multiple genres of music.

The brother of local musician and famed music producer Ronnie King is widely known after performing for decades at venues ...

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Best of Coachella Valley 2016-2017: Readers' Picks

Best of Coachella Valley 2016-2017: Readers' Picks

Nov 28, 2016 08:00  |  Staff

Here are the results of the third annual Best of Coachella Valley readers' poll!

An all-time-high number of people voted in both rounds this year—and the slate of winners and finalists represent all pa...

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Best of Coachella Valley 2016-2017: Staff Picks

Best of Coachella Valley 2016-2017: Staff Picks

Nov 28, 2016 07:59  |  Staff

Best Tearjerker

Dezart Performs’ Production of The Outgoing Tide

I went to see the final performance of The Outgoing Tide— Dezart Performs’ 2015-2016 season-closing play—back in May with my friend Robert. ...

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Best of Coachella Valley Legacy Award: Palm Springs Native DJ Day—aka Damien Beebe—Has Wowed Audiences Around the World

Best of Coachella Valley Legacy Award: Palm Springs Native DJ Day—aka Damien Beebe—Has Wowed Audiences Around the World

Nov 28, 2016 07:59  |  Brian Blueskye

Various local DJs and EDM artists have come and gone in recent years—and all the while, DJ Day has continuously been turning in fantastic performances both locally and around the world.

Palm Springs na...

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The Best Local Band 2016-2017: East Valley Represent! 'Independent' Readers Vote for Venus and the Traps the Year's Best Local Band

The Best Local Band 2016-2017: East Valley Represent! 'Independent' Readers Vote for Venus and the Traps the Year's Best Local Band

Nov 28, 2016 07:59  |  Brian Blueskye

When I called to let the members of Venus and the Traps know that our readers had voted for them as the 2016-2017 Best Local Band, they were surprised, to say the least.

The East Valley-based band beat...

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20 Nov 2015

The Best Local Band: 'Independent' Readers Pick The Flusters as the Year's Top Local Act

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The Flusters. The Flusters. Tommy Locust

It’s been quite a year for The Flusters.

The band formed in January. Soon thereafter, the group was booked to play its first live show, at Doo Wop in the Desert on Valentine’s Day.

Now, just months later, The Flusters have been voted the Best Local Band by Coachella Valley Independent readers.

Frontman Doug VanSant said The Flusters came together after he carried around broken and busted love songs in his head for six years; those songs are now being pieced together to form The Flusters’ debut album, A Bird Named Chaos. VanSant is originally from Philadelphia and lived in Seattle for several years; he had been in the desert for a year before he began to seek out band mates to join him an indie surf-rock band. During a recent interview in Palm Desert, VanSant (guitar, vocals), Danny White (guitar), Chris O’Sullivan (drums) and Mario Estrada (bass) discussed their quick success.

“When we found out that we won, I thought, ‘What’s next?’” White said about the Best of Coachella Valley honor. “This is great, but what are we going to do next? We’re always moving forward.”

White then answered his own question: The recording of the album comes next.

“I’ve never done it before, other than crappy recordings that I’ve always done on phones or anything to record on,” White said. “I’m excited to get into a studio to do it the way we want to do it, and do it until it’s right.”

The Flusters have played more than 20 shows this year—and have not had to ask for a booking; the band has always been invited by venues or promoters.

“It’s still really hard to look at, and it’s weird,” VanSant said. “It seems like a long time ago—and it wasn’t a long time ago; it was less than a year ago—when we played our first show. We’ve said in interviews before that we’ve grown a lot, but I just can’t believe that we are received the way we are by the community. The members of the Hive Minds were hanging out with me in my living room before we played a show—one of them wearing a Flusters shirt. … It’s hard to say, ‘Yes, we deserve this as a band.’”

VanSant said The Flusters always have one specific goal in mind.

“For me, the master plan has always been to just come correct,” he said. “If you come correct, you find your real sound; you play it with all the heart you have in you; and you believe in what you’re doing, to the best of your ability. We all do it as a unit, and we just keep being professionals. That’s a lot of why people take us seriously.”

VanSant’s surf-music vision has resonated with the other members, all of whom hadn’t played that kind of music before. O’Sullivan comes from a metal background, for example.

“We’re all growing,” O’Sullivan said. “I hear things in the sound and the music that I can’t achieve yet—not skill-wise, but just because I’m still developing for this group. For just this group, I’m relearning stuff I haven’t touched in years. I’m picking up my rudiments again—a lot of jazz rudiments and Latin percussion. There’s some really sophisticated Latin percussion we could include.”

Estrada said he, too, is learning and has changed the way he plays music.

“I’ve always sort of been a sloppy bassist,” Estrada said. “… This has really changed my playing style. It’s way more precise. There’s a part in our song ‘Little Mexico’ where I do a bit of a run. We had a practice one day, and I was just like, ‘What am I doing? I’m not doing my part by playing this as precise and clean as I can.’ I sat down and got the fingering down, and I never did that before. I’m being forced to do this in a good way, to where I feel better as a bassist and better as a musician.”

VanSant explained what he hopes to see from the band when it begins to record.

“We curate our sound very carefully,” VanSant said. “I think about every tone and every single note that’s hit. In the studio, it’s just going to get more involved, and we can add more layers to it. I’m super-excited, because our live show is a thing here on the left, and our studio album is this thing on the right. They’re both going to be great, and they’re going to be great for different reasons. I like to orchestrate, and it’s going to get very orchestral.”

While The Flusters obviously have numerous fans, VanSant remains humble and said he is surprised every time he meets someone who likes the band.

“I’ve heard from several people: ‘You have no idea how good you guys are!’” said VanSant. “I never think, ‘OK, well, you’re damn right!’ It’s just not the way I feel in my heart. … We clearly have no idea how many people we touch. This surprised the hell out of us.”


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  • Comment Link Rosemary White Saturday, 21 November 2015 15:25 posted by Rosemary White

    Can't wait to hear The Flusters live!

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