PREMIERE: The Flats’ “Machinery” is a ’90s dream-pop throwback

The Flats
photo: Paige Farrow

When you think of “dream pop,” you probably don’t think of Toledo, Ohio. It’s not exactly a place known for much of anything outside of being Detroit’s little brother to the south, a blue-collar city in the rust belt that hasn’t had much of an opportunity to shine. The Flats hope to change all of that. This indie-rock sextet fronted by Chris Kerekes (brother of Citizen singer Mat Kerekes) is based primarily out of Toledo and is creating music that jangles at times and soothes at others, but is always interesting. Today, we’re premiering “Machinery,” off the band’s upcoming split 7-inch with Secret Space.┬áThe band comments:

“We want our music to feel grand, and we hope to make the listener dig a little deeper within themselves and to embrace those deep rooted emotions.”

The Flats/Secret Space split 7-inch will be released March 4 via Memory Music and can be pre-ordered here.