Whether it’s meeting in high school, casually jamming, or selling out shows across the United States, flipturn’s success has only just begun.
It all started when Madeline Jarman and Tristan Duncan were studying at Starbucks and had the idea of starting a band.
The two talked about how Jarman plays bass guitar and Duncan plays guitar, but they needed a vocalist.
“I was like, ‘I know this guy, Dillon; he can sing,” Jarman said. “We called him and said, ‘Hey, do you want to try this, try doing something cool,’ and he was down. So from there, we just learned covers and then we we eventually got down to writing our own original music.
Lead singer Dillon Bass said they had the desire to write collectively, but it took time for the group to find their foot.
“Since the beginning of the band, we wanted to write music together,” Basse said. “It takes a minute to write music, especially when you’re writing together for the first time; you understand each other and you understand each other.
The trio eventually added drummer Devon VonBalson and keyboardist and guitarist Mitch Fountain to the band to complete the band. Together they bonded over their love for artists like Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club, Magic Man and The Killers.
When it comes to their debut music, the band the song “Chicago” has become a topic since they returned to the city for two performances during Lollapalooza Weekend 2022.
“[‘Chicago’] was one of [the band’s] first songs,” Basse said. “And there was this feeling that we all had, you know, coming out of that little town [in Florida]get out and see the world…and I think that’s really where it comes from.
The band performed on the Discord stage on the afternoon of July 29 with fans arriving early to watch their set. They performed a number of their popular songs, but also performed “Space Cowboy” for the first time.
Since the group’s debut in 2016, they have evolved and grown enough to are having their first headlining tour of 2020. But, with just a few shows, the tour has come to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our last show [was] in San Antonio, Texas, and [Jarman] was the voice of reason in a van full of dumb guys,” Basse said. “We were all saying, ‘We’re going to keep going; we’ll get there,’ but [Jarman said] “No, we’re turning around. »
Although COVID-19 put their tour on hold, the band changed direction and decided to start writing their first album together in September 2020.
While based in Arizona, the band spent a few weeks writing their “Shadowglow” album. Jarman said the change of scenery gave them inspiration and time to focus on the album.
“A lot of [the album is] about self and this idea of self-actualization,” Duncan said.
Duncan and Jarman said the album works to juxtapose light and dark while reflecting on who they are as people as they navigate adulthood.
Now, flipturn’s debut album “Shadowglow” is out, and the band will be back in Chicago as national headliners. tour with a special show at Lincoln Hall on Halloween night.