Flawes was formed by JC in the summer of 2015 in strange circumstances. All three members had worked as session musicians, but planned to start their own bands. JC and drummer Josh Hussey, aka Huss, were childhood friends from Huddersfield who had spent their teen years in different bands, sometimes supporting each other at shows.
Both moved to London separately before their bands fell apart and they took on session work. JC spent two years touring the world with Ella Eyre, but continued to write songs on the side. When Ella asked to hear some, she was so impressed that she booked JC as a support act. The catch? He didn’t have a band, had only completed a handful of tracks and the tour was in three months.
A chance meeting with Huss set the wheels in motion and an introduction to Twickenham-born guitarist Freddie Edwards sealed the deal. One rehearsal later, Flawes were a band. Several weeks were spent learning JC’s minimalist songs and on the cusp of supporting Ella on a sold-out UK tour.
The reaction was instant. BBC Introducing played their track ‘Don’t Wait For Me’ and, to Flawes’ astonishment, it was made Record of the Week on Radio 1, reached No.8 on Spotify’s viral chart and was chosen to soundtrack trailers for the hit US TV series Lie To Me. Labels lined up to sign them. Red Bull Records signed them. There ya go.