Artist Name – Angelical Tears
Song Title – Once Upon A Time
Genre – Metal
After a long hiatus, Oklahoma-based female-fronted symphonic metal rockers Angelical Tears released the single titled “Once Upon a Time.”
Angelical Tears started in 2007 with a desire to bring symphonic metal to the wild frontiers of Oklahoma.
They have shared the stage with the likes of Bang Tango, The Misfits, Loudness, and others.
They released their first EP in 2010 and a follow-up LP, “The Eleventh Hour”, released in 2012.
The metal rockers have won several awards.
VMD-Award – 2014 for Best Metal Song – “Pool of Sorrow”
Grand Prize – 2017 – South-Central Broadcasting Society for Music Video “Once Upon a Time”
Grand Prize – 2018 – National Broadcast Society for Music Video “Once Upon a Time”
Third Place – 2018 – Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association for Music Video “Once Upon a Time.”
Julia Flansburg (Vocals)
Glenn Flansburg (Bass)
Name the artists that have influenced you so far.
Julia: Metallica, Evanescence, Nightwish, Kamelot
Glenn: Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Kamelot, Queensryche, Dream Theater, Lacuna Coil. The list goes on forever.
Mention the name of the artist you can regard as the “Greatest Of All Time.”
Glenn: Paul McCartney
Tell us what you know about composition and how you normally go about it.
We have all had lessons at different points in our lives, as well as university-level music theory classes. That being said, we still don’t go about it the normal way. The preferred method is to start with a vocal melody and create the song around it. We typically build the song first, usually with keys first, and write vocal melody and lyrics last.
Tell us about your management team.
We don’t have a management team. We are self-managed which is probably the number one reason why, after two albums, we are still relatively unknown. However, we recently signed with Skateboard Marketing to do a ‘four-week’ marketing run with the new single.
Tell us what you think about this song.
I love this song. It has a nice upbeat groove to it. The orchestration of it is really big and the bridge is epic. It is easily the best song that we have ever done.
Rate social media and tell us the platform that works best for you in promoting your music.
Facebook is probably the most active social media platform that we participate in. We have Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, etc., but they are really all linked together. That being said, I’m not sure how effective social media is in converting promotion into actual record sales. We have over 20,000 “likes” on Facebook but we haven’t sold close to that amount in CDs. Promoting on a page that only has 10 “likes” isn’t going to reach a very large audience, even if some of the 10 share the post. I haven’t seen a lot of sharing of posts. Most of the shares come from members of the band to their personal pages.
State the areas that need to be improved more in the music industry.
The biggest problem right now is people who claim to be promoters that don’t actually promote. What promotion they do is simply posting something that goes out on their personal Facebook page, which only goes out to the few followers that they have. They expect the bands, themselves, to promote the shows. This becomes especially problematic for touring bands playing in areas where they don’t currently have a following. In essence, these “promoters” are nothing more than glorified booking agents.
Tell us about how you are getting your songs to stores as well as getting them to fans.
Our main platform for music distribution is online. We use CD Baby to handle the digital distribution to iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and others. They also have a physical CD store that we can send CDs to. Often they will ship CDs to Amazon for physical sales. We have had limited CD pressings for this reason as well as for selling at shows.
Tell us how you prepare yourself for a live performance or show.
Julia: I do little vocal warm-ups that sound like police sirens. The rest of the guys prefer to get a little “lubricated” with alcohol. Though, sometimes, that has backfired.
Glenn: Yeah, one time, I got too “lubricated” and played half a song with my guitar unplugged.
Tell us your opinion on releasing singles frequently or just an album in a while.
This is a really good question and one that has haunted me. Recently “Weird Al” Yankovic released a full album. I read that he claims this would be his last album and that he would be releasing only singles from now on. The Internet has really changed the landscape of music distribution. Digital retailers allow you to buy music a la carte, making the need for albums unnecessary. In the early days, record labels would often have an artist release a single, to see if it sells, before bankrolling an entire album. We’ve been toying with the idea for quite a long time. From a cost standpoint, it doesn’t really cost that much more to release a batch of singles versus an entire album. It also doesn’t pressure the artist to fill out an album with filler songs. Music is pretty disposable. In order to stay relevant, an artist has to continue to release new music. Not everybody; an artist can go about it the “Boston” way.
Mention the name of the artist you will be glad to see the live performance.
Glenn: I have had the privilege of seeing almost every band I’ve ever wanted to. That being said I have still yet to see Judas Priest. I also missed out on seeing Theatre of Tragedy before they disbanded.
Julia: Dutch band Within Temptation, though I would love to see Sonata Arctica again.
Tell us the theme of most of your songs.
Heartache, grief, and personal pain.
Tell us about your recording process.
Glenn: I have a degree in Audio Engineering so I typically handle all of the pre-production before taking the project files to our engineer. Personally, I like to have a different set of hands and ears during the recording process other than my own. A song can be like a child and I get too attached to it and may need a different perspective. Like most bands, we start with scratching guitars and vocals and then lay down the drums. After that, we go back in and add bass and rhythm guitar. Depending on the engineer we may do vocals or leads next. Keys are always added last. Which is way different from how we write a song and start demoing it out.
Tell us how boring or exciting the music career can be.
Being in a band is really no different than being a family. There are lots of highs and lots of lows. Like a family, no one ever gets along all the time. But as a family, we always make amends and come together as one. It can be difficult for sure, but the rewards are well worth it. Nothing is more exciting than being on stage and seeing the crowd feeding off of the music, even so much as creating a mosh pit, and we’re not a mosh pit style of the band.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
Angelical Tears. When we first got together a friend called us “angelic voices” with “demonic guitars”. We liked the sound of it. We knew we wanted to keep “angel” in the band name. However, we knew there was sadness in our lyrical themes. Eventually the name “Angelical Tears” was proposed.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
The first single on the upcoming album is “Once Upon a Time”. Like most of our songs, the theme is about the tragic ending of a relationship. Our heroine once believed in love but was tragically hurt.