Flyleaf is an alternative metal band from the Belton, Texas area. Currently on the A&M/Octone Records label, the band has previously played as Listen and Passerby. They became the most prominent in Texas under Passerby, but due to an existing band owning the rights to that name, their name was changed to Flyleaf after they were signed. "A flyleaf is the blank page at the front of a book," explains Lacey Mosley, Flyleaf's singer. "It's the dedication page, the place you write a message to someone you're giving a book to, and, that's kind of what our songs are—personal messages that provide a few moments of clarity before the story begins." They are known for Lacey Mosley's diverse vocals and screaming. The band cites influences such as the Foo Fighters, Incubus and Nirvana.

 

Band History

Early on Lacey Mosley started playing music with James Culpepper, later, guitarists Jared Hartmann and Sameer Bhattacharya were recruited. "Sameer and Jared are really experimental with melodies and pedals, and we all had different influences that were all blending together with the same passionate and hopeful heart, and that brought out this beautiful feeling. It was magical," said Mosley. Bassist Pat Seals joined in 2000 after leaving his previous band The Grove.

As Passerby, the band released three EPs and played over 100 shows in Texas alone over the span of two years under the booking and promotion company Runt Entertainment.[citation needed] In 2004, Passerby played a showcase for the president of RCA in New York City in hopes of getting signed. RCA put the band on hold, but the president of Octone Records, who had been secretly invited to the showcase, was very interested in the band. They waited for two days in their van at a truck stop for a phone call about an Octone showcase. They were signed after the showcase, and on January 7, 2004, Octone Record's website announced their arrival to the label.

In March of 2004, Flyleaf traveled to Seattle, Washington to record an EP with Rick Parasher. Afterwards, they toured with Breaking Benjamin, Staind and 3 Doors Down to promote their self-titled EP. In October, the EP was released to stores, spawning their first official single and video for the EP version of "Breathe Today".

In 2005, the band recorded their first full-length album with Howard Benson. On October 4, 2005, the record was released under the title Flyleaf. Appearances on the album include Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction and Ryan White of Resident Hero. The first mainstream single from their debut album was "I'm So Sick", "Fully Alive" was the second and "All Around Me" was the third.

Early 2006 the band moved to J Records as a part of an exclusive band development deal between J Records, RCA, and Octone Records, the band is also distributed to Christian markets under SRE Recordings. In the summer of 2006, the band played on the mainstage of the Family Values Tour 2006 and in late 2006, Flyleaf toured with Disturbed, Stone Sour and Nonpoint on the Music As A Weapon III Tour. The band issued an exclusive EP, which was sold at the tour called Music As A Weapon EP which features an acoustic version of "Fully Alive", and three previously unreleased tracks: "Much Like Falling", "Justice And Mercy", and "Christmas Song". A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the EP went to World Vision.

In 2007 Flyleaf have toured with Three Days Grace and throughout Australia with the Australian Soundwave Festival, and have also toured Europe with Stone Sour and Forever Never. In the spring of 2007, Flyleaf headlined their Justice & Mercy Tour which first featured Skillet and Dropping Daylight. Later on they did a second leg of the tour which featured Sick Puppies, Kill Hannah and Resident Hero. Flyleaf will again join the Family Values Tour in 2007. The song "I'm So Sick" appeared briefly in the 2007 film Live Free Or Die Hard. Also a remix of "I'm So Sick" is in the movie Resident Evil: Extinction.

Flyleaf is also currently working on a new album which is to be announced.

Flyleaf also released a song entitled "Tina" which first debuted in the release of Guitar Hero 3 which appears on the Companion Disk Set. Also, the song "I'm So Sick" appears in Rock Band.

On October 30th, Flyleaf also released a digital EP titled Much Like Falling EP. The songs included on this EP were "Much Like Falling", an acoustic version of "Supernatural", the limited release song "Tina", and fan favorite "Justice and Mercy." The EP is available on iTunes along with the expanded edition of their debut album.

The band playing support at Korn's Bitch We Have a Problem Tour in January 2008

Recently, the band was a headliner in The Power of One concert in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

 

Christian Faith

All five members of the band are of the Christian faith.This faith influences their music, but lead singer Lacey Mosley doesn't necessarily believe that makes Flyleaf a strictly Christian band. "We all share the same faith. And so when we deal with the whole 'Christian band thing,' we kind of think about something P.O.D. says, like, 'If you're a Christian, it affects everything in your life. So if you're a plumber, does that make you a Christian plumber?' " Mosley said. "I don't know the answer. We're a band, it's part of who we are, so it comes out in our music, and it's the fuel for what we do. And finding faith saved my life. So I'm not ashamed of it at all. And most of our album reflects that."

 Band Members

  • Lacey Mosley – lead vocals
  • Sameer Bhattacharya – guitar
  • Jared Hartmann – guitar
  • Pat Seals – bass
  • James Culpepper – drums

 Discography


Release date Title
October 26, 2004 Flyleaf (EP)
October 4, 2005 Flyleaf (album)