The Local 913: Flower Crown
It’s not always easy to categorize music these days. The lines between genres are often blurred and artists take influence from all over the place. Richie Colosimo of the Pittsburgh band Flower Crown laughed when I asked him to describe the band’s music. "Call it dream pop as more of an all-encompassing sound," he said, "Because our live shows are very different. They’re pretty loud. Shoegaze has been thrown out. Indie pop. I would say dream pop encompasses all of those things. There’s a lot of reverb!"
Regardless of what you call it, the band’s sound is thick and sunny with lyrics that tug at your emotions. "All these songs mean something different to all of us," Colosimo says. "They’re all little snippets or our feelings." And while they start very personal, Collosimo is happy to let the audience inject their own meaning into the band’s music. "That’s the hope!" he says. "We write these songs for us, but we make them hoping that people will make it their own. It belongs to them at that point."
Feel free to think about the band’s latest song – “Snow Blower.” "That song we were writing at the end of last year and there were a lot of terrible things happening in the country and a lot of terrible things happening in Pittsburgh and the lyrics in there kind of turned into a mantra that we repeat that we felt reflected our feelings and maybe other people’s, too," he says. "It’s a positive song even if the lyrics don’t sound like it."