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Madison, WI outfit The Flavor That Kills are one of those rare bands that is impossible to classify into one set genre of music.

Harnessing the might of everything from rock to punk to blues to metal, The Flavor That Kills are an eclectic group of individuals, each with ample amounts of craziness and passion that ultimately creates a sound and music that is truly fresh and unique.

With their third album Book Of Secrits coming out last September and the sweet sounds of their music finally filtering to these tender ears all the way Down Under, HEAVY thought it high time we sat the four boys down for a get-to-know-you chat and let’s just say a good time was had by all.

Now it’s your turn to get acquainted with drummer Eric, guitarist/vocalist Ryan, bass player Christian and guitarist Nick.

Strap yourself in and enjoy the ride…

I start by asking which, out of all the flavors in the world, actually has the ability to kill.

It was just a play on names, really,” Eric spoke up. “We were trying to come up with the stupidest name we could think of, and that ended up being it. At first, it was more of a joke, but we just kept it because we thought it was cool.”

Seeing as how not many of you would be familiar with The Flavor That Kills – yet – HEAVY feels it appropriate to ask the boys for a brief history of the band.

“We’ve been around for a while, but this is a new incarnation of the band,” Eric continued. “When we first started ten years ago or so we had a keyboard, a Rhodes piano, and then we replaced that with Nick on guitar. So we kinda went from a guitar-based, drums, vocals and Rhodes to a two-guitar bass and drums. The record that you have, the new one, is the first one where we redefined the sound. Plus, we’re all songwriters. Nick’s brought a lot into the band. We historically have been a lazy band until recently with this record, which was supposed to be done, but then the pandemic happened, and we got delayed a couple of years.”

In the full interview the band talks about their many and varied influences and how they bring them all together to create The Flavor That Kills sound, their new album Book Of Secrits, where their inspiration comes from, keeping music fun and enjoyable, what songs to listen to in order to get to know the band’s music better, upcoming live shows and more.


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