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The Belton, Texas-based heavy rock quintet Flyleaf formed in 2000 when frontwoman Lacey Mosley played a string of the dark, hard-edged songs she consistently wrote as a brooding teen for drummer James Culpepper. After a brief period of playing together, they recruited guitarists Sameer Bhattacharya and Jared Hartmann, members of a local outfit that had recently called it quits. In 2002, bassist Pat Seals joined, and the band, initially known as Passerby, was born. The road to Flyleaf's 2005 self-titled debut on Octone Records was dotted with more green lights than red: the band played wherever they were invited around their home state at first, gradually building the kind of fan base that allowed them to open for acts such as Bowling for Soup, Fishbone, and Riddlin' Kids. By 2003, with word of Mosley's arsenic-laced lyrics and blowtorch-style delivery spreading through Texas and beyond, Flyleaf earned a spot at the annual South by Southwest Music Conference. A contract from Octone was rushed to the signing stages by 2004. An EP, issued in early 2005 and also called Flyleaf, benefited from the production team of Rick Parashar (Pearl Jam, Blind Melon) and Brad Cook (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age). Key tracks such as the roiling "Cassie" and the emo-tinged "Breathe Today," both of which appear on the full-length, furthered Flyleaf's reputation, as did raging live shows alongside Saliva, Breaking Benjamin, 3 Doors Down, and Staind. For the fall 2005 release, producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach, the All-American Rejects) joined Flyleaf in Los Angeles. A batch of 20 songs was winnowed to 12, with Mosley's searing vocals and Bhattacharya's and Hartmann's storming guitars offsetting each other to affect a sound by turns morose, compassionate, hopeful, and bitter. Following the release of Flyleaf, the band toured heavily on the festival circuit. They hit the main stage on the 2006 and 2007 Family Values Tour, as well as the Soundwave festival and Disturbed's Music as a Weapon III tour. They also made a jump to the world of video games when their single "I'm So Sick" was put in the first installment of the Rock Band series and their single, "Tina," debuted in Guitar Hero 3. After taking some time out of their hectic touring schedule to record, Flyleaf released their sophomore album, Memento Mori, in 2009. In 2010 Flyleaf delivered the EP Remember to Live, featuring stripped-down, reworked versions of some of the band's early songs. In 2012 the band released its third studio album, the Howard Benson-produced New Horizons, after which Mosley (then going by the name Lacey Sturm) and the band amicably parted ways. Kristen May, former lead singer for the band Vedora, was recruited as a vocalist, and the May version of Flyleaf recorded a single, "Something Better" (again produced by Benson), which was part of the 2013 EP Who We Are. Between the Stars, the band's fourth long-player and first outing for Loud & Proud Records, arrived the following year. After four years with the band, May announced her departure in August 2016. ~ Tammy La Gorce
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  1.   Song
  2.   I'm So Sick
  3.   All Around Me
  4.   Fully Alive
  5.   Again
  6.   Something Better
  7.   Chasm
  8.   Home
  9.   There for You
  10.   Perfect
  11.   Justice & Mercy
  12.   Set Me On Fire
  13.   Beautiful Bride
  14.   Call You Out
  15.   Cassie
  16.   Arise
  17.   I'm Sorry
  18.   Sorrow
  19.   Thread
  20.   Traitor
  21.   In the Dark
  22.   The Kind
  23.   Red Sam
  24.   Blue Roses
  25.   Broken Wings
  26.   Missing
  27.   So I Thought
  28.   City Kids
  29.   Stand
  30.   Freedom
  31.   Bury Your Heart
  32.   Cage On The Ground
  33.   Believe in Dreams
  34.   What's This
  35.   Marionette
  36.   Magnetic
  37.   Break Your Knees
  38.   Treasure
  39.   Something I Could Never Have
  40.   Tied to the Broken
  41.   Ship of Fools
  42.   Sober Serenade
  43.   Head Under Water
  44.   Great Love
  45.   New Horizons
  46.   Okay
  47.   Light in Your Eyes
  48.   How He Loves
  49.   Breathe Today
  50.   Well of Lies
  51.   Platonic
  52.   Fire Fire
  53.   This Close
  54.   Set Apart This Dream
  55.   Circle
  56.   Pride (In the Name of Love) by Richard Patrick
  57.   Tiny Heart
  58.   Avalanche
  59.   Green Heart
  60.   Dear My Closest Friend
  61.   Amy Says
  62.   Tina
  63.   Saving Grace
  64.   Swept Away
  65.   Melting (Interlude)

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