Flawed Logic is the newest band on the UAE underground music scene, they have just released their debut single, The House of Lot and are already garnering attention from fans and other musicians. We took this opportunity to get to grips with the band and where they are going:
Tell me a bit about Flawed Logic, how did the band start and how long have you been together?
It all started when Shaheen Mohamadi asked Brenton Afonso to play session drums for some of his SAE projects – just a simple collaboration with no afterthought. It was only when Ahmad Al Sharif expressed interest in being a vocalist in a band, did the idea of a band begin to materialize. Roping in Omar Mansur for lead guitars and later Adnan Myrhij for bass, Flawed Logic began composing music. Eventually, due to personal reasons, Ahmad and Adnan had to part ways with the group, leaving the band with no vocalist or a bassist – which would end up as the main and current lineup.
Since it was more of a fun project than a serious band, the three musicians still continued to jam together and work on the tracks. It was only until Brenton needed to record some music for a project he was doing at SAE, did the band decide to step into the studio. With the combined efforts of all three and the help of a session bassist “Iron Ali” Moorad, for one of the tracks, did the songs actually get semi-finalized to the tracks you hear now.
After about 7 months since its inception, a hiatus had to be taken as Omar had to leave the country to pursue his higher education, and with Shaheen and Brenton working. About 3 months later, with Omar returning back to the UAE during a semester break, the band has decided to step back into the studio to work on new material and refurbish/complete the older songs.
You have just released your single The House of Lot – an instrumental piece and we were quite impressed, when can we hear more songs and will you be sticking with instrumental or adding vocals?
We’re currently working on some new material, so if everything works out well, the demos should be released sometime within the next month. As for vocals, we haven’t really come across anyone yet who can fit well with our style of music – whatever that might be. That being said, we remain a purely instrumental band for the foreseeable future.
You guys have said you are not sure of your genre yet, what kind of music are you looking to play or are you letting the creative process decide for you?
Brenton: With all of us coming from different musical backgrounds, we can never say for sure what direction our music will take with newer tracks. During the composition process, we jam and create riffs that might have an interesting groove while maintaining a solid melodic structure and just take it from there.
Omar: We just love playing whatever idea that comes into our head, you never know what might end up being a nice track.
Shaheen: It is mainly because of the fact that we do not want to limit ourselves to a particular genre that this question might seem a bit difficult to answer.
Where are you all based right now?
Brenton and Shaheen are currently based in Dubai, while Omar is currently based in Malaysia
If you could play alongside any band in the world, who would you like to share a stage with?
Brenton: Tough call, but I’d have to say The Mars Volta. Apart from their insanely creative tracks, they always seem to be totally immersed in the music and really enjoying themselves while playing live.
Omar: I’d have to say Steve Vai. His music is always so full of life, being able to mix gorgeous ballad-type solos along with shreds at ease
Shaheen: It’s a tie between Tool and Mastodon for me.
What is coming up next for the band, any gigs or albums planned?
Since we’re a band without really being a band, with the current state of things, we’re just looking to make listenable music for our own pleasure, hoping that other people might like it along the way. Once we have a few more songs recorded, we should be releasing an EP by the end of the year. As far as gigging is concerned, with our members being scattered, it seems a bit impossible at the moment, but who knows what the future could bring..
What is your dream for Flawed Logic?
Brenton: To engineer/produce something that I was involved in that is slightly technical but could be considered commercial viable, without “selling out”. And to have tons of fun while doing it!
Omar: I hope for it to be as fun as it lasts, i hope it remains as fun for us as it is for everyone else, sure id love to play a huge stage but as long as everyone has a good time.
Shaheen: My dream would be that the band remains fun for as long as it lasts, sure it’d be great to get up on stage and rock the world, but anything between jamming in a bedroom to playing the Superbowl is all good so long as everyone’s enjoying it.
Do any of you have a teddy bear? If yes tell me what it looks like!
Brenton and Omar: SHAHEEN!
Shaheen: I don’t own a teddy bear…
check out their music so far: