Flasher was born out of an earlier band, Young Trynas. The DC-based trio was comprised of Taylor Mulitz, Emma Baker, and Eva Moolchan who has since left the band and signed her solo project, Sneaks, to Merge Records.
After Eva’s departure, Young Trynas were left with a void - they were booked to play a festival and needed a bassist. This is when Danny Saperstein joined.
“Once we started playing with Danny it quickly became a completely different band and dynamic,” said Taylor.
Although the band continued playing as Young Trynas for several shows, they eventually switched their name to Flasher.
All three members of Flasher have musical backgrounds. Taylor received their first guitar, a Squier Stratocaster, at age 12. Although they barely played it at first, they got serious about it again when they were 15. Danny started playing the guitar around age 10, and has since played drums, guitar, and bass for various projects. Emma had a background in piano and tap dancing, but learned to play drums for a high school band called Sad Bones.
Danny played in Sad Bones with Emma. The band was playing a show in an attic in DC when Taylor first met them.
“When I met Emma, I was like, ‘Oh, punk is cool,’” said Taylor, who had mostly listened to indie rock at the time. “I wanted to impress her so I started listening to Karp.”
Six years later, they started a band together.
The members of Flasher still look back at the music of their youth for inspiration. In particular - they cite the fictional band Powerline from 1995 animated film “A Goofy Movie” as a big influence on their sound.
Danny explained that the ethic of collectivity is important to their process. They don’t want a single front person in the band or a single person writing the music.
“We are all thinking and writing together at the same time,” said Emma. She explained that usually someone will come to practice with a riff, but then they will all work from that to form the final product.
Flasher was in Bloomington to perform at Culture Shock - a one-day festival hosted by the local college radio station. Other bands that played included Noname and Sales. Danny said they were excited to play with bands that were not punk bands and not solely comprised of white men.
Danny explained that even though so many people are working to create shows that are safe spaces for people who are not cis, straight, white men, that a lot of the patriarchal infrastructure is still present in a lot of scenes. He said it’s always nice to play a show where that premise doesn’t feel like the main focus.
The band just released a new 7”, Winnie b/w Burn Blue, on May 5th. The two tracks take a new direction from past releases.
“I feel like we’re getting a little too poppy for the post-punk category,” said Emma.
Next, Flasher is working towards a full-length release in early 2018.