In an age where money and who you know talks louder than talent and what you know, it’s refreshing to find a band that still believes hard work and great songs should be the way forward. Israel’s missFlag is one such band. Borne from the friendship of five individually talented musicians, missFlag has been steadily carving a niche for themselves since their inception in 2005.
This is in no small way thanks to the diverse musical influences that the five members of missFlag bring to the band – from jazz to classical, fusion to rock, the music of missFlag is testament to the musical education the members of the band went through before finding each other
But perhaps it’s not the musical range and diversity that finds missFlag on the verge of their international breakthrough – rather, it’s the message of hope and self-belief that can be found throughout each song on their debut album ‘To Infinity’. Reaching out to the world from Jerusalem and surrounded by everyday conflict that most other bands could never understand, missFlag refuse to be drawn into any political statements, and instead share their hope through music that we can all live as one
From sublime anthems such as the beautiful ‘Run’, with its belief that even the poorest relationship can be saved, to the live favourite in waiting that is ‘Let It Show’, missFlag show they can stand beside such luminaries as Coldplay and Snow Patrol and not be overshadowed. For further proof of missFlag’s place in the indie world, you only need to listen to ‘Hidden Thieves’, perhaps their signature song, and one that shows the range in song-writing strength the band possess
With ‘To Infinity’ in their back pocket and North America in particular beginning to pick up on them, missFlag are now ready to step from out of the shadows and take their place amongst the established bands of the genre. It’s been a long and often difficult road, but the end destination is finally in sight.