Flowers From Her debuts long-awaited album

Flowers From Her headlines a CD release show at the Railyard on Saturday, March 5, with opening acts starting at 9 p.m. (photo by Casey Riffe)

After nearly a year in production, Billings-based indie rock band Flowers From Her is releasing its first full-length recording, titled “Catharsis,” on Saturday.

Striving to record an album that honestly represents the band live, Flowers From Her worked with local promoter and recording artist Sean Lynch. The band will self-release “Catharsis,” an album mastered by Doug Van Sloun of Focus Mastering, who’s worked with Saddle Creek artists such as Bright Eyes and Cursive.

The album’s title was selected because of the literal meaning of “catharsis,” the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.

“It’s how we feel about playing music,” said guitarist Daniel Gillispie said in a recent interview. Drummer Shan Denning added that Flowers’ music is “an emotional release or an outpouring through art or music—a necessary thing more than a hobby” for the group.

“We tried to make the album best represent how we sound live,” said group founder and frontman Addam John Ostlund. “We didn’t want to overproduce.”
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Q&A with Nick Miles of the Photo Atlas

Nick Miles, drummer for the Denver-based band Photo Atlas (courtesy photo)
Nick Miles, drummer for the Denver-based band Photo Atlas (courtesy photo)

Billings native Nick Miles began his musical career in the halls of a Billings high school, a path that led him to drum for the Denver-based dance punk band Photo Atlas.

Still riding the high from 2009’s successful release of “To Silently Provoke the Ghost,” The Photo Atlas has been working on new material and will hit the road in October for a national tour.

Before they head out, the band is stopping in Billings Friday night for a musical reunion with long-time friends and musical peers. With a lineup of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado bands, the concert features 1090 Club, Flowers From Her, Photo Atlas, and The Front.

Miles took some time to discuss the band and his experiences since moving to Denver to drum for the group full-time in nearly three years ago.

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CFAC raises money to benefit local charities

Missoula band Places performs at Concert for a Cause in downtown Billings.
Missoula band Places performs at Concert for a Cause in downtown Billings.

This year’s Concert for a Cause, an annual benefit festival featuring local and regional bands, raised a little more than $2,000 in ticket sales and donated bar proceeds, according to event organizer Eric Grider. Bands from Billings, Missoula, and Rapid City, S.D. came together to raise money for two local organizations, the Meadowlark House and Art Without Boundaries.

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