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None Is (But Once Was)

by Flower

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    limited pressing of Flower's first new album in 30 years!

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Lost Horizon 05:54
Nonetheless 03:38
In Between 04:51
Consent 04:31
Wayward 03:47
Blood 04:13
Totality 07:19


1986. New York City. Trash cans ablaze in the middle of the street. Wheels stolen, the van on blocks. Noise was rising from the bowels of abandoned buildings. This was the beginning, and Flower would take root and thrive here. Over their three years of initial outburst, Flower recorded two albums; the first, Concrete, dark and raging, pounding and brutal. The following year brought Hologram Sky; a glimpse of redemption, the promise of Spring on a bitter March wind, melodic and noisy, precise and chaotic, icy and warm. Their live shows walked the third rail, one step from catastrophe, one step from Valhalla, pushing density, rhapsody and bombast to their limits. Flower were young and foolish, naively insightful and blissfully ignorant, unaware of the power with which they toyed.

Naturally, they self-destructed.

The survivors, most notably Ed and Richard Baluyut, went on to form the indie icons Versus. Ian James managed to crawl away unscathed, only to end up in Geffen flame-out Cell, but would later reunite with drummer Andrew Bordwin to form French. This was to be the lay of the land for the next three decades until...


Having always remained close, and while Ian was recording the most recent Versus releases, discussion turned to exploring what might happen if all four original Flower members locked themselves in the studio until an entire album had been written. So it was agreed, and so it was done. None knew what to expect - would they kill each other? Worse, would the music be lame? The road took many detours, but the goal was finally realized: the first Flower album in 30 years.

Andrew Bordwin / Drums
Edward Baluyut / Guitar
Ian James / Bass & Vocals
Richard Baluyut / Guitar & Vocals


released July 24, 2020

Recorded by Oliver Straus at Mission Sound
Additional Recording by Ian James at Prognosis Negative
Mixed and Mastered by Ray Ketchem at Magic Door

Photography by Andrew Bordwin
Design by Ray Ketchem


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Flower New York, New York

Flower is a post-punk noise/pop band from NYC formed in1986 featuring later members of Versus, French, and Cell. Flower was a staple of the NYC underground scene carved out by Sonic Youth, Live Skull, Swans, etc, utilizing the noise element of the aforementioned artists to deepen the textures of more classically oriented pop/rock songs. They continue to perform and record today. ... more

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