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A brief chat with Flasher drummer Emma Baker

Dan Webb
Flasher is a three-piece post-punk band from Washington DC. Their new album, Constant Image is out June 8th via the legendary Domino Recording Co.

What does it feel like now being signed to Domino, and who’s your favourite act on their roster?
It feels mostly the same but now we have a crew of people cheering us on! And the resources to try things outside of our comfort zone. It feels really nice! I think Blood Orange is our favourite act.

How would you describe your sound?
That’s for everyone else to decide.

How does your upcoming album Constant Image differ from your self-titled debut EP?
We recorded Constant Image in Brooklyn with a producer (Nicolas Vernhes). It was our first time not recording ourselves and our first time working with a producer other than us and Owen (Wuerker), our friend and collaborator. It was a strangely alienating experience. To be fair, we were very unprepared and I think that wasn’t a good place to start. Constant Image was conceived during a strange time when everyone felt self-conscious and at times unsupported. Despite the process being stressful and sometimes painful at times, we are delighted with how it turned out. We had sought out an experience that would be different and maybe even uncomfortable and I think we got exactly what we wanted.

Constant Image was conceived during a strange time when everyone felt self-conscious and at times unsupported.

What’s the hardest thing about being Flasher?
We have been best friends since high school so the stakes are really high! It can be hard to nurture those relationships when we’re on the road a long time. But at the end of the day, being loving and respectful of one another and trying to preserve the long and fulfilling friendships we’ve had takes precedent over anything else.

What drives you to create?
Each other. Not being able to sleep. Our shitty jobs that we love. Our inspiring friends. Depression. Kratom.

Who are some great local DC bands/artists we should be checking out?
Saturday Night, Governess, Gauche, Mock Identity, Knife Wife, Ultrabeauty, Faunas, Glue Factory, Kid Claws

Favourite Talking Heads album?
Actually don’t care about the Talking Heads, I’m sorry!

If you could collaborate with any artist, in any medium, past or present, who would it be and what would you ideally create?
Arthur Russell, electro-disco-flasher which sounds like what Flasher was supposed to be anyway…