Flaming June is no stranger to success. They have been on the BBC 6 Music airplay (Rumpelstiltskin), won a FATEA award (Nerves of Steel) and received praise from prestigious author of The Vagina Monologues – Eve Ensler (In Pursuit of HappinFolloess). They supported Big Country, Eliza Carthy, The Men They Couldn’t Hang and played Standon Calling, Ely Folk Festival amongst others. "The Woman’s Battalion” will surely keep their success marching forward like the music and the message they deliver.
Flaming June has a fire in their hearts that lights up “The Women’s Battalion” with soul and substance. Listener’s will surely join their musical march and feel the passion in their boots. There is a hunger for women’s protest music and Flaming June is offering a feast.
A Cambridge folk songwriter who is now on EP number 8, Louise Eatock (aka Flaming June) is exactly the kind of artist who should be celebrated in independent music circles. A talented artist who keeps releasing new music through thick and thin, you get the feeling that her EPs are released out of artistic endeavour and not a grab for a successful music career and the cash that goes with it.
This feeling comes from the fact that, while accessible and catchy, the songs on new EP ‘In Pursuit of Happiness’ are a million miles away from the music you hear on the radio these days. And all the better for it, as they explore grown up themes of love, womanhood and feistiness in the 21st century.
Brews and Reviews
Flaming June – Rumplestiltskin
Flaming June have been around a while, but this EP truly sees singer/songwriter/guitarist Louise Hamilton and her crew to a much higher level. There’s lyrical richness in the writing – the underlying theme on some of these cuts seems, refreshingly, to concern women being strong and defying abuse (the Rumplestilstskin idea makes a great allegory). It’s acoustic pop, not folk, and defiantly catchy, with Psycho possessing great hooks, and Hamilton herself is a passionate front woman with a very appealing, warm voice. Excellent arrangements, with a great underlying synth melody on the raging love song Sweetest Weakness. Heal Me, Believe Me comes close to ‘80s rock piano ballad territory, but keeps its integrity fiercely intact. Although they’re not widely known, this is a band that’s definitely ready for more. Excellent writing, performances and production.