FLAWES announce new album ‘One Step Back, Two Steps Forward’ – Hear new single ‘Don’t Blame Me’


Flawes’ modern take on timeless pop put them on the map from the very beginning, resulting in a famous fan in the shape of Billie Eilish, sessions with Finneas, repeated support from Radio 1 and performances at Reading and Leeds. Just as they were set to go stellar the world was thrown into turmoil, but the trio continued to engage fans keeping their debut album Highlights in the spotlight during lockdown, and then made the most of the downtime by releasing their ‘Reverie’ EP early in 2021.

Flawes are now back – better than before. Their dogged determination is rewarded as they announce the June 9th release of their fittingly-titled new album One Step Back, Two Steps Forward alongside brand new single ‘Don’t Blame Me’. After experiencing a disruptive few years, Flawes are now perfectly primed to fulfil their near-limitless potential.

Watch the lyric video for ‘Don’t Blame Me’ – BELOW:


One Step Back, Two Steps Forward is a driving-with-the-top-down record, their slick, uplifting sound powered by propulsive rhythms, yearning guitars and choruses that soar. Informed by an attitude that every moment matters, it’s a record which wastes no time in unveiling its direct yet nuanced pop charms. Not a single song lingers until the four-minute mark, creating a breathless momentum that feels like an instant greatest hits collection. Entirely written or co-written by Flawes, the album also features contributions from Mike Crossey (The 1975, Wolf Alice, Foals), Simon Oscroft (Olivia Rodrigo, Portugal. The Man), Jonathan Gilmore (Rina Sawayama, Twenty One Pilots) and Thom Powers (The Naked and Famous).

Vocalist Josh ‘JC’ Carruthers says, “One of the best parts of making this record was doing sessions with people who’ve lived and are living the exact same things we’ve been through. I loved it. It’s important to stress, these songs wouldn’t have been possible without the one step back. It makes it that little bit sweeter after the struggle.”

After recently releasing ‘Is It Any Wonder’, Flawes today share the album’s new single ‘Don’t Blame Me’. While it captures heartbreak through the prism of driving, synth-focused alt-pop big on both melody and passion, it’s also a song which strikes to the heart of the album’s quest to make a new brand-new start. In this case, a brighter future isn’t going to be held back by any lingering thoughts of regret. They wrote the song with Sam Backoff of Avenue Beat, whose TikTok video ‘Lowkey F*** 2020’ went viral and received plaudits from Rolling Stone and Justin Bieber.

Elsewhere, JC and bandmates Freddie Edwards (guitars) and drummer Josh ‘Huss’ Hussey (drums) keep the mood upbeat through, travelling through dramatic electro-pop (‘Give Me Your Worst’), Coldplay-esque synth-centred anthems (‘Satellite’) and the explosive euphoric redemption of the closing track (‘Waste It All On You’). Yet they provide a darker tone to the album too, with the moody, bluesy kiss-off and fighting spirit of ‘Tears Won’t Show’. A little over 32 minutes after pressing play, ‘One Step Back, Two Step Forward’ proves that every part of Flawes’ struggle was undoubtedly worth it – a challenge that ultimately allowed them to raise their game to previously unprecedented levels.

After live shows in support of Highlights and ‘Reverie’ were so limited by the pandemic, Flawes waste no time in celebrating the announcement of One Step Back, Two Steps Forward as they headline a London underplay show at The Grace tonight. Expect more live developments to be announced soon.

‘One Step Back, Two Steps Forward’ tracklist:

‘Is It Any Wonder’
‘Don’t Blame Me’
‘Give Me Your Worst’
‘Tears Won’t Show’
‘Feels Like Home’
‘Race To France’
‘Waste It All On You’


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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as hosting interviews for the weekly XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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