SongVault Artist Profile
New York, Canada
Singer/Songwriter / Indie Pop
The Flints began as a collaboration between long-time friends and former band-mates Stan Flint and Al Huizenga. Under the banner of Ottawa bubblegum pop act Dandy, Stan and Al shared the stage with some great Canadian talent (the Local Rabbits, Mike O'Neill of the Inbreds, Starling). With Flint on guitars and Huizenga on keyboards and drums, they began to develop a sound that fused sunny pop roots with a broader vision and a richer emotional palette. This foundation became the springboard for The Flints.
The Flints independently released There Used to Be a Time, a five-song EP recorded at Hallamusic in Toronto, in the fall of 2005. The EP leverages such talent as guitarist Tim Bovaconti (Ron Sexsmith), pianist James Grey (Blue Rodeo), and cellist Kevin Fox (Sarah Slean). There Used to Be a Time showcases the Flints' original songs in a warm, full production that features vintage organ, cello, fiddle, trombone, and Mellotron, woven amongst piano, guitar and harmonized vocals. Produced by The Flints, Terence Gowan and Hallamusic's Peter Hudson, There Used To Be a Time is available in select Toronto stores and online at LiveDownloads.com and CDBaby.
With no label affiliation and only word of mouth behind it, The Flints' debut has generated exciting response on Canadian campus and community radio charts, notably rising to #1 at London's CHRW-FM for two weeks in 2006. Buzz has also been growing in the the blogosphere ("Bursting at the seams with catchy tunes and witty lyrics…", "Each song has its own unique flavor, but somehow it all works together as being a whole...")
In early 2006, Flint and Huizenga assembled a fresh band of accomplished Toronto players, including There Used to Be a Time producer Peter Hudson on lead guitar, Aron Harris on bass guitar, and Stephen Scarrow on drums. This newly tuned version of The Flints has begun to build an audience in Toronto, Southern Ontario and beyond, bringing new energy to The Flints' songbook, resulting in a fresh, contemporary sound. Inspired by the band's revitalized and cohesive approach to the music, Huizenga and Flint have composed a new raft of songs that have established an invective and engaging 90-minute set.
The Flints returned to Hallamusic in October 2006 to record new songs with the full band. A new release is anticipated for early 2007.