The Flops – ‘Girl I Need To Know’

If you’re going to call your band The Flops, then the only way is up. Formed in 2019, in Staunton, Virginia, the indie rock band have released their new single, ‘Girl I Need To Know’ after spending the pandemic years refining their sound, which could be described as multi-decade nostalgia.

It’s the band’s first single of the year, and comes after ‘Dead Man’, from September 2020. While that was explosive, to say the least, this one is a much smoother track, opening with jangly guitars from Preston Fauver, tempered by light percussion from drummer Devin Ritts. Languid vocals from Tony Boll, and sultry sax round out the song, which in the last third calls on a sound not too dissimilar to David Bowie’s ‘Golden Years’.

You could in fact throw out any name from the 70s through 90s and hit a winner with this song. It’s pretty clear they’ve been inspired by 90s alternative music, but that’s not to say they’re derivative. The long drawn out end of the track gives off a Clapton vibe, so heck, lets take their inspirations back to the 60s as well.

There’s a dreamy, sleepy, dozy kind of feel to the track which I really got into; it fully deserves to be enjoyed with a glass of your favourite tipple. Mine’s coffee, and it works well with that. There’s an element of jam session about the track, a sort of rawness around the edges, but this isn’t to say it doesn’t sound fully formed – rather it has a relaxed vibe to it, which makes the listener feel as though they might be catching the band performing for their own enjoyment.

‘Girl I Need To Know’ by The Flops, is out now. Find out more about this incredible band and their music online on their official website, Spotify, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat.

Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email

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