Flamingods are a five-piece, multi-instrumental band formed in Bahrain in 2009. The band was founded by Kamal Rasool and now consists of Rasool, Sam Rowe, Charles Prest, Karthik Poduval and Craig Doporto. Based in both the UK and Bahrain, the band has carried out operations online as much as in person. The group puts a focus on exploration and experimentation, often taking influence from different cultures around the world by use of an extensive collection of instruments from as far as Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey, Japan and Tanzania.
While being informed by the imagery, music and concepts of far-flung cultures, experimental, psych, rock and pop acts also inspired much of the early works of Flamingods. Bands such as Boredoms, Animal Collective, Sun Araw, Sun City Girls and Deerhunter have been cited as early influences.
“An explosion of instruments from all over the world and genres that shouldn’t quite go together… Flamingods sound like nothing else right now”. DAZED
“The five artists experiment with instruments sourced across the world and never fail to impress us with their exotic, and at times trippy, wonder music” i-D
“Prepare to be bombarded by bliss… Out of this world music.” The Guardian