THE CHOIR- FLAP YOUR WINGS (*NEW-CD, 2000, Resolve Records)
Flap Your Wings
Mercy Lives Here
Flowing Over Me
I Don't Mean Any Harm
A Moment In Time
Beautiful Scandalous Night
"If you can make a record, you ought to, why not?"
Thats the response of Steve Hindalong, lyricist/percussionist for The Choir, when asked about the release of Flap Your Wings, the bands first studio album in four years. "Ultimately," says Hindalong, "if you get to keep making records, you win. You're fortunate. At this point in our career, with all of us well beyond the age of optimum marketability, were astounded that we get to keep making music and that people want to hear it. Whether its a million or a thousand. That's a lot of people that you receive feedback from and get to establish a rapport with."
To understand the band's motivation for recording Flap Your Wings, one needs to look back to a reunion concert The Choir performed at a festival sponsored by KLYT in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the summer of 1999. Hindalong has a similar response to a query about what coaxed the seminal modern rock band out of its three-year long, self-imposed retirement.
"Somebody asked us to play a concert, and we asked, How much? And then we said Yes, the drummer explains, a sly smile crossing his face. Guitarist/vocalist Derri Daugherty, Steves friend of over 20 years (and creative partner for 17) offers a bit more elaboration on the subject. "Theres always been a tremendous amount of good will toward The Choirnobodys ever said please stay retired! That was definitely one motivation for doing the reunion show. We had been away from the band long enough that the business stress didnt bog us down." Perhaps saxophonist "Buckeye" Dan Michaels nails it best: "We had all grown so much as individuals since we last performed as a band. Maybe we found that we still have something to say. Maybe we still want to connect with our audience and with each other. Maybe we simply wanted to rock. I'm sure it's more than that, but either way I think we're pretty excited to get back to doing what we love in The Choir with the friends that we love so much."
...with Flap Your Wings, (The Choir) once again soars like an eagle -- 7ball Magazine
It's a decidedly delicate mix of the band's best musical elements from its 90s catalog -- CCM Magazine
It's like the return of a good friend. Their music-crafting draws you in, makes you feel at home -- Cornerstone Magazine
The Choir was dead-on, reminding us why they are such a big deal. -- True Tunes