The wild ride continues for The Fling

Renee Etcheberria |Staff Writer|
CSUSB’s Justin Ivey is working hard with his band The Fling to re-release their debut album When the Madhouses Appear on May 3, 2011.

The Fling is a band that infuses indie, folk and rock to produce a quiet-loud dynamic. With much eagerness and anticipation, The Fling got a break when they were signed by LA based label Dangerbird at the end of 2010.

“Getting signed by Dangerbird was huge for us.  The artist roster they have is great, and we are thrilled to be a part of their family,” Ivey said.

They have already had a successful year with the completion of shows across the country and a television pilot where they performed two songs from their upcoming album. The next show will take place at the end of this month at an Invisible Children event in San Diego, but are scheduled for a west coast run of shows in the beginning of next month with a stop on May 5 at the Echo in LA.

The Fling has gained notoriety by having their music played on KROQ, KCRW and recently had a song featured on the Scfy network’s show, “Being Human.”   The Fling was lucky enough to complete a month long tour with bands Delta Spirit and label mates, Darker My Love late last year that took them across the country.

Through the last three years the band has been together, they have been well acquainted with the music scene by playing large venues such as The Music Box in LA, The Metro in Chicago, Webster Hall in New York City and most recently, a string of shows at this year’s South by Southwest music festival in Austin Texas.

It is with each band member’s music experience that allows The Fling to collaboratively write all of their songs. Each of the songs is written with the flow of creative juices rather than any particular theme in mind. The band draws inspiration from The Pixies, The Zombies, Beatles and Nirvana.

Both student and drummer, Ivey continues to face the challenges of juggling both school and the band, “but it is all worth it in the end,” said Ivey.

Frequently after the completion of shows on the road, fellow band mates would head out for a good time while Ivey stayed back at the hotel  to complete papers or video recorded presentations.

“It is a huge challenge to complete school work with the schedules we have when we are out on tour.  Everyday is busy with shows and travelling and you honestly have little time to do anything else,” Ivey said.  “School is a huge priority for me, so I would make time to study backstage before and after shows and pull all-nighters so that I could do the best I could away from the classroom.  As hard as it is sometimes, I’m proud of what I’m doing.”

When it came time to choose a name for the band, two of the members, brothers Dustin and Graham Lovelis,  looked to their father’s past for help. In the eighties, their father was in a band called The Fling and that name was quickly adopted in honor of their father.

They encourage everyone to come out to their shows and get to know them. “We are really proud of the music we make and hope everyone enjoys it as much as we enjoy making it,” said Ivey.

For more information on the band, check out their Facebook, Myspace and blog at


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