Straight out of Tennessee comes a band that as their label put it in the description of Intellectual Hoolaganism, “You decide the description of Flummox???.” Can’t get much better than that. Seriously, there’s sounds in this album that no one would have ever thought to put together much less make an album’s worth of material with. And the best part, it RULES. Take extreme metal, jazz fusion, doo wop, progressive rock, funk — just to name a few of the double-digit count of different music strains here — and you’ve got something completely unique thats begs exploration. Along the way a funny thing happens, time slips and a spin is done but it’s not enough to even begin to take it all in. That is how Flummox gets you. Just ahead of the album’s release, later this week, we got the chance to ask bassist and vocalist Blake Dellinger our set of Profile questions and most answers are just as out of left field as their music. Don’t miss it and be sure to grab a copy from the links below.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
I originally wanted to be a storm chaser and would chase and stalk tornados until one of them filed a restraining order against me. Then I bought a Weird Al Yankovic album and learned how to play bass for some reason. I’ve been at that for 13 years now, and I haven’t quite reached my goal of playing in front of the most ostriches yet. It’s the dream!
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
I once had to eat a cup of barbecue smoked horse rectum to get on a gig with Eyehategod, but that’s still not as pathetic as bands who pay to play.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
I think there’s a lot of interesting and progressive musical moves being made by certain underground bands that are barely scraping by. Some of my favorite records have come out in recent years. On the other hand, a lot of the newer bands who are simply copying what came before with no real appeal to innovation are usually the only thing making it.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
Our world is a goddamn mess, and one of the goals of this band is to exploit it for it’s disastrously petty nature. I think it’s silly that we have to explain that we’re satirical to people when it’s so plainly obvious. But then again, some of these people don’t even know what that means anyway. We don’t fuck with nazis, we don’t fuck with hate, and the majority of this band (myself included) happen to be queer in some way or another. So that of course bleeds over. We also advocate for the equal rights of opossums to be trained as household pets.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
I was 10 or 11 when a buddy showed me Black Sabbath the first time. I was a sheltered kid from a fundamentalist southern-baptist home, so it completely blew my mind. I had never heard anything so amazing and so heavy in my life. My mom wasn’t a fan, but my dad helped me get records.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
I’m not sure how to answer that, but I will say that the female opossum has 13 nipples with 12 arranged in a circle, with 1 directly in the middle. You can Google it.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
World domination is definitely a must, but military invasion requires more than just 5 nerds with instruments. We have started a cult though! All you have to do is come to one of our shows and feast from one of our many infant sacrifices. Babies taste a lot like candy. When we’re not doing the band thing though, we all have other interests we partake in a bit. My guitarist and bestest of all friends, Drew, likes to pretend he’s a tree sometimes. Parker likes to lure children into the woods with her flute, where they are never seen again. Alan likes to dissect livestock, and Chase plays for every other band in the Nashville area. As for me? I’m an opossum.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
I currently have been listening to a lot of Jethro Tull, but I’ve mixed a variety of different stuff in there like Shroud Eater, Troldhaugen, Graveyard, Suffering Hour, Cavern, Wolf People, Ford Theatre Reunion, Agony Bag, öOoOoOoOoOo, Dead Meadow, and lots of Frank Zappa. At least that’s what Spotify says.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
Right now we’re focused on the release of our new record, “Intellectual Hooliganism,” which will immediately be followed by some shows that include a slot at Shadow Woods Metal Fest in White Hall, Maryland. From there we plan on some touring in 2019 along with another release while we write for another full length.
Many thanks to Blake and Flummox for their time!