- Flyleaf members stay fit by jumping around onstage and eluding the metal and Christian rock tags.
Like moths buzzing around a light, the members of Flyleaf have been known to create a menacing ballet of precision and emotion on stage. It's so fantastical, fans of the Texas band have started questioning whether the display is staged or if it is truly in the moment.
But vocalist-lyricist Lacey Mosley laughs at the notion that the band actually would go to the extent of choreographing its stage show like, gasp, 'NSync or even Warrant, back in the day.
"It's funny because a lot of times when we perform, we'll all jump at the same time and we'll move around and barely miss each other, and people think we've choreographed our set because it just looks like that," Mosley says, calling from Memphis, Tenn. "Same with the music there are parts that need to be premeditated, and there are other parts that just need to be what we feel as a group at the moment."
At the moment, Flyleaf has positioned itself as one of the more promising rock acts around, thanks to its 2005 self-titled debut album and two powerful singles, "I'm So Sick" and "Fully Alive." Now, after touring over the past year with the likes of Korn and Deftones on the Family Values Tour, and with Disturbed and Stone Sour on the Music as a Weapon Tour III, Flyleaf is finally headlining its own theater jaunt. The current set includes material from its debut, plus a few choice covers (like Nine Inch Nails' "Something I Can Never Have" and maybe U2's "Stay") and some new, as-yet-unreleased tracks.
The new tracks are among a half-dozen or so the band already has in the mix for its next album, tentatively slated for a late 2007 or early 2008 release. But getting the diminutive singer to dish about where the unrecorded material will take the band isn't so easy.
"I don't know," Mosley says. "I just think it's us. We don't sit down and say our style is changing. It's just a different time in our life, and I'm paying more attention to the stories. I think we've all grown in that sense, but I don't think it's a change in style.
"A lot of people say we've moved away from the screaming, but the thing about screaming [is that] it's only there when I feel like it needs to be there. It's not a style."
Nor, Mosley adds, does she think the screaming sound equates to metal.
"We may be [metal] to some people," she says, "but I don't really know what we are. We just play what we think makes sense for the song."
The truth, Mosley says, is that the members of Flyleaf are still defining their own boundaries. At first pegged as a Christian rock act and what band isn't nowadays? Flyleaf is perhaps better described as a heavy alt-rock act. For Mosley, the band's entire dynamic is about opening up and offering catharsis and therapy to herself, and anyone who happens to be listening.
"There are songs that I feel like I'm almost obligated to share," she says, "because if I don't, then I went through [writing] it for nothing." firstname.lastname@example.org
Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway, Denver
Thursday, May 31, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $18, 16-plus; visit ticketmaster.com.