Flow in the Dark isn’t your everyday band. They play a unique blend of hip hop covers in a mashup, anything-goes style. The five-member band exudes an energy that draws the audience in and gets them moving and singing along to the music.
It all started a few years ago when Adam Lee and Carter Pennell were working at Legal Sea Foods in Tyson's together and Lee pitched the idea of putting together a hip hop style band. Lee took on drums, Pennell worked on his guitar, keyboard and microphone. Once the idea was out there, Danny Tilman (bass) and Jabarie Brown (vocals/MC) joined, followed by female vocalist Krystal Kovalick.
"We were trying to come up with a name that fit our style (hiphop-y) but also was kind of playful and not too serious," Lee said. "Flow in the Dark was perfect because it achieved those goals. I think the next step is to play off the name and have some glow in the dark band merch made.
Their covers include songs by artists such as the Black Eyed Peas, 311, Gym Class Heroes, Cake, Jimi Hendrix, Jason Mraz and more. Since they exclusively perform cover material, they haven’t released any albums, but live recordings are available to listen to on their website.
Even though this band is the first for three of Flow in the Dark's members, they've quickly gathered quite a local following.
"We're thrilled about the band's success," Lee said. "For a band with relatively little experience we're excited to be playing some of the best rooms in our area in a relatively short amount of time."
Flow in the Dark averages about three shows a month, mostly in Northern Virginia. Last Saturday they attracted a crowd at PJ Skidoos in Fairfax City. They'll play at the Tortoise and Hare Bar in Crystal City on New Year's Eve.