Flying Close To The Ground

by Flat Earth

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FLAT EARTH was a progressive hard rock three-piece combo, the first band I was in with my dear friend Scott Cornette [we are currently members of the band Däng]. We wrote loud technical stuff, mainly for the challenge of being able to play it. In retrospect, our approach to the songs sometimes sounded like just frantically thrown-together sections of riffs, but framing pieces of music around my late great brother Mike Church's impressive drumming skills was a big reason for doing what we tried to do. To me it sometimes felt more like sports than music, but Mike and Scott were extremely talented, and the spirit of exploration was the only goal. I tried hard to just not drop the ball. Scott was an on-air guy at a successful rock radio station at the time, and we got in on opening a lot of regional shows. We opened for The Kinks, Blue Oyster Cult, Peter Frampton, Joan Jett, Kansas, Kings X, Billy Squier, Drivin N Cryin, Toad The Wet Sprocket, and more. We were well-received and achieved some near-miss status, but no management, no marketing and no clue meant no future in the 90s. We didn't pay attention to any of that stuff, and being an oddball mix of hard rock and awkward experimentation put us slightly out of place at nearly every turn...which was actually fun sometimes. It was a highlight when Dave Davies of The Kinks actually mentioned us on the radio the morning after we opened for them. Of course it is apropos of my clueless nature that I don't remember exactly what he said. This is the eleventh track from "Eleven Eleven", the second and final FLAT EARTH record. This remembrance is dedicated to my brother, the late great Mike Church {11-10-65/7-20-09}. -- Chris Church / 2014


released July 19, 2014
Chris Church-bass, vocal/ Mike Church_drums/ Scott Cornette-guitar produced and mixed by Jim Price in Boone NC



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chris church Lenoir, North Carolina

rock, power pop, hard rock, progressive rock, folk rock, experimental, pure crap, etc. bands/projects include: the jones, flat earth, junkflower, frank burns, jack sabbath, chalky, the automatic pilots, echoism, darling please, däng, the freds. produced and worked with sticky, the bones of clark gable, lenoir swingers club, math is hard...more. ... more

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