What does a band do when their vocalist has to go get vocal surgery and then they almost fade from the music scene completely due to the members being absorbed by side projects? A mediocre band may crumble completely and vanish completely. A great band would capitalise on what I like to call the “I Miss Them” phenomena. It is a phenomenon whereby people desperately seek out material by the band when they realise that said band has not released new music in several years. Once people start looking for new music, the band will emerge from some dark corner and release a track that takes people back to the reason why they were besotted with them in the first place.
This is precisely what Flash Republic has done with their brand new single “Big Eyes”. They dominated the South African dance scene from 2005 to 2010 with their funky blend of dance beats and electro-rock energy, but then their vocalist Tamara Dey had to get vocal surgery and the other members became pre-occupied with other projects. This did not stop people loving their music and the “I Miss You” phenomena set in this year.
I distinctly remember browsing Twitter one day thinking, “I wonder what happened to Flash Republic,” and then out of the blue they release “Big Eyes”. A song which takes them right back to basics and to the original sound that made them climb the charts of local radio stations in South Africa. They opt for the tried-and-tested dance formula of a constant foot-stomping beat overlain by an irresistible shimmering coat of synth and bass that fuels the laid-back energy of the song. Dey’s vocals weave their way in and out of this aural skyscraper of dance-infused energy. Flash Republic delivers a song that is destined to fill dance floors and catapult the band back onto the dance charts. They have an exciting future ahead of them.