Stranded In Stereo: The Stranded Local Q&A: Fluttr Effect

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Stranded Local Q&A: Fluttr Effect

Fluttr Effect started in 2002 as a creative outlet for four musicians – Troy Kidwell on guitar and vocals, Jason Marchionna on drums, Vessela Stoyanova on MIDI marimba, and Valerie Thompson on electric cello - looking to do something inventive, challenging and interesting. In 2003 they welcomed a fifth member, Kara Trott, as a lead vocalist. In the following years, they played hundreds of shows (including Taubertal Open Air in Germany and clubs all over the UK) and released two albums, entitled Trithemis Festiva and Marking Time. They also started and released an EP (called Swallows and Sparrows) as an acoustic off-shoot of the band, known as the Fluttr Effect Trio. As of this past June, they are back to the original four members, and are continuing to explore new ways to create music.

Vessela took the time to answer the 5 questions SiS always asks:

Hailing from Boston makes us better than all those non-Boston bands because
We can drop down to NYC for a weekend gig in no time at all and still come home to a relatively clean and pretty city for the rest of the week. Besides, it’s a great place to meet people who are NOT from Boston without having to go anywhere.

Name at least three bands that are still around and touring that you’d love to be on a bill with, and think it fits well
Regina Spektor (for the Fluttr Effect acoustic)
Mars Volta
Queens of the Stone Age
Any of Mike Patton’s projects

Your favorite Boston venue to perform in is
I personally love the Lizard Lounge for the acoustic show. The full band prefers Middle East downstairs and Paradise.

Are there any genres that influence your music conceptually, rather than sonically? (In that you can’t hear from simply listening to the music, but from getting into the structure or mathematics of the song-writing, etc.)
Late19th – early 20 century classical music for Harmony
Balkan folk music for rhythm

Your favorite local bar to hit up when not doing the whole band deal is
Lizard Lounge by far.


Download: "Say Goodbye" by Fluttr Effect [mp3]

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