Hailing from California's Bay Area, the 4-piece pop/rock group Flying Kites releases a sweet tribute to friendship with their latest single, "End of the Boys."
Created by pop artist Justin Llamas and his close friends, Flying Kites began their creative venture in 2018, performing as a cover band in all sorts of venues. Thanks to the pandemic, Flying Kites was able to reach their goal of creating original music with help from their cleared schedule, giving the boys the exact push they needed.
Eager to release their forthcoming EP, 'Bromance,' on July 23rd, 2021, Flying Kites prepares us for the said project by way of their latest single, "End of the Boys." The single tracks the relationship of two friends in the tone of a best man's wedding speech, "'End of the Boys' highlights the end of a friendship--but also the bittersweet happiness you feel when your best friend finds the love of their life," says Flying Kites.
Diving into their single, "End of the Boys," the journey begins with tender piano melodies that set the song's heartfelt and reflective tone. As Justin Llamas makes his way in, he wastes no time and jumps into his lyrical theme by expanding on turning up one last time before his dear friend begins a new life. As we meet the hook, Flying Kites offer a warm and delicate vocal harmony that serenades us with the utmost soul and passion.
We adore the addition of organic electric guitars and soothing drum breaks, as it makes for an overall chilling and bittersweet listening experience. As the song comes to a close, Flying Kites remind us to never take our friends for granted.
Get to know Flying Kites' latest single, "End of the Boys," and find their forthcoming EP, 'Bromance,' on July 23rd, 2021.
Welcome to BuzzMusic Flying Kites, we admire the heartfelt and genuine lyricism you've offered within your recent single, "End of the Boys." Was there a specific moment that inspired your group to write a song based on the end of a friendship era?
“End of the Boys” was written one night by Justin (vocalist) and Darren (our bassist) in a spontaneous writing session. This bittersweet feeling is common to us, and we feel like everyone can relate. We knew we wanted to stay in the realm of friendship for our EP, and so lyrics for “End of the Boys” came so naturally.
Could you introduce us to your band members and how you divided the instrumentation for "End of the Boys?" Who handled what aspects of the creative process?
Just like all of our songs, “End of the Boys” was a group effort. After Justin Llamas (vocals) and Darren (bass) created the first rough demo, Joben Gonzales was brought in to add guitar, and Avery Kwong to add his piano. Then we brought our song to Lenny Ruckus, our secret weapon. Lenny is an amazing producer and was able to bring our track to life.
Who wrote your tender and descriptive lyricism for "End of the Boys?" What sort of emotions or feelings did you want the song's lyricism to evoke in listeners?
The song began with a rough idea by Justin before Darren hopped on the project. As soon as Darren heard it, he knew it was something special. With any song, we are always challenging ourselves to write something completely no one has ever heard before…but still relatable. We believe we accomplished that with this song. We hope that our listeners will hear that song, even our female listeners, and relate. Who hasn’t had that bittersweet feeling of your friend leaving you for the love of their life?
Why did you choose to release "End of the Boys" before your EP, 'Bromance?' How does the single get us ready for the overall project?
We chose to release this song before the release of the EP because we feel it’s the perfect example of what our EP encompasses. Our EP is titled Bromance, and “End of the Boys” is the most bromantic song we’ve written! We’re excited for our listeners to hear the rest.
What's next for you?
We are not sure what’s next for the band. Right now we are just focused on the EP release and getting it to as many ears as possible. We had a few songs that didn’t make the cut for the EP…Who knows? Maybe we’ll focus on new music soon. If people enjoy our music, we’ll be sure to make more.