Flannel has been rocking 90’s music since 2011.
This is their final show.
For eight years, Flannel has built a devout local following of 90’s kids who missed the golden days of music. These are the kids who grew up when grunge ruled the world, MTV actually played music videos, and 107.7 FM The End launched the career of many one-hit wonders.
Flannel was born in a storage unit when two soon-to-be bandmates were handed down the ideal practice space by their mutual friend, Joel. When Joel moved back to Alaska, he wanted to make sure the practice space didn’t fall into the wrong hands and get turned into “just another storage unit.” Joel willed the unit to two eager new tenants, Terence Klein and Ryan Richardson.
Upon meeting one another, Ryan and Terence found a mutual adoration for 90’s music, especially hard rock and punk. They began learning 90’s songs together and quickly invited their friend, Matt Cox, to join them on the drums. Unfortunately, Matt moved out of town soon after.
It didn’t take long for both Ryan and Terence to pick up the phone and call on previous bandmates to join them. Ryan called on lead guitar player, Elliot Starks, and Terence called on Drummer, Josiah Cox. Out of necessity, Ryan picked up the bass guitar as his “main” instrument… This was the beginning of Flannel.
Flannel’s first show was on August 18th, 2012 at the Wild Buffalo in Bellingham, WA. Their first show was an intimate event to a small audience. Word spread quickly that Flannel had something special. Flannel was more than just another 90’s cover band. Flannel played 90’s songs like they were their own. Flannel became known as a 90’s cover band that put on a great show and made sure everyone had a great time. Flannel put on more than a concert. They put on a 90’s throwback party that eventually became a “reunion of friends”.
Things took a nasty turn for Flannel when their practice space was broken into in 2015. The band lost many expensive instruments and important equipment. It was a devastating blow to Flannel, but they dusted themselves off and carried on. Flannel immediately moved into Josiah’s basement where they practice to this day.
Some notable events for Flannel include dedicating entire shows as tributes to bands. For example, for one show, Flannel played Weezer’s entire Blue Album on the May 20th, 2014 – exactly 20 years after the album’s release. For another show, Flannel played 3 hours of Sublime songs, (and yes Old English 40’s were on special that night.) Flannel also played a solo New Year’s Eve gig without their lead guitar player, Elliot. It was a risky maneuver, but Josiah, Terence, and Ryan pulled it off to a satisfied audience.
From Rage Against the Machine to Garth Brooks, to Nirvana, to Boyz to Men, Flannel plays it all. They have evolved from a 90’s punk and rock cover band into a 90’s “anything goes” cover band. No 90’s song is safe if Flannel’s around.
So after eight fun-filled years, Flannel has decided it’s time to hang it up. You may see Elliot, Ryan, Josiah, and Terence play music again in the future, but for now, Flannel is going back to the closet.
Catch Flannel’s final and fond farewell party at the Wild Buffalo on February 16th, 2018. Pre-sale tickets are $10 and the doors are at 8pm.