Arriving in the UK from Bahrain three years ago, Kamal, Sam, Craig and Charles became pals with London native Karthik, and soon after Flamingods took flight.
Dubbed ‘ethnic pop’, they chuck tribal rhythms, eastern melodies and freak folk into a big pot, bringing it to the boil with gusto.
Live, they’re the ultimate party-starters, melding the frenzied song structures of Animal Collective with the rhythmic expertise of Bahian drumming troupe Filhos de Gandhy.
They first grabbed the limelight at the Animal Collective-curated ATP festival back in May 2011, when they took residence in an on-site chalet and embarked on an epic eight hour live set.
Throughout 2011 and 2012, they won a loyal following through various bedroom recordings available on Bandcamp, before they released their first full length album Sun early in 2013.
Restless musicians, they picked up a string of festival dates and tours, and are now preparing for the release of their new album Hyperborea on 21 July through Islet's Shape Records.
The album was written after new UK visa laws forced Kamal out of the UK. Unsurprisingly, it's underlying sentiment draws on themes of identity, belonging and alienation.
Testament to the band’s commitment, each contributed to Hyperborea alone, sending audio files back and forth to each other.
But all is not lost - the quintet have reconvened for a European tour throughout July and August.
The UK dates are listed below – if you haven't seen them already, make sure you catch them on this tour. They’re guaranteed to put a big smile on your face!
11 July - 60 Million Postcards, Bournemouth
1 August - Knee Deep Festival
6 August - Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds
7 August - Sticky Mikes, Brighton
8 August - Lexington, London
9 August - Supernormal Festival, Oxfordshire
13 August - Birdcage, Bristol
14 August - Oakford Social, Reading
20 August - Kraak Gallery, Manchester
21 August - 13th Note, Glasgow
22 August - Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival
28 August - Four Bars, Cardiff
30 August - Raw Power Festival, London