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The Ramona Flowers formed in 2012 when Dave Betts (keys/guitar) met (singer) Steve Bird for the first time at a fancy dress party. The former was dressed as Freddie Mercury and the latter as a vacuum cleaner. Yes? and they recruited (drummer) Ed Gallimore after a girl Betts knew was stood up on a Tinder date by a “good-looking guy” who was also a professional drummer. The romance wasn’t to be, but Gallimore was soon drafted into the band’s line-up. This is all fact?

What is certainly true is Betts, Sam James (guitar) and Wayne Jones (bass) met Bird and Gallimore and The Ramona Flowers were born...

Having initially banded together in their shared search to find the sweet spot between rock and electronica, The Ramona Flowers have progressed through two albums – Dismantle And Rebuild (2014) and Part Time Spies (2016) – to their finely-honed third long-player, Strangers. Their most electronic and dancefloor-ready offering to date, its creation was overseen – as was its predecessor – by American, London-based producer Chris Zane (Passion Pit, Friendly Fires, St Lucia).

The last few years have seen The Ramona Flowers playing concerts around the world, making many new fans - including the singer of U2. When Bono heard his daughter playing Lust And Lies, the pulsing and atmospheric lead track from the band’s 2013 EP of the same name, it caught his ear. Bono contacted the band and subsequently recruited the song’s producer Andy Barlow (one half of electronic duo Lamb) to help in the making of the Irish super group’s latest album, Songs Of Experience.

As a statement of intent, the title track from Strangers sets the tone of The Ramona Flowers’ new approach. A nocturnal- sounding club track with a vocoder hookline, it finds Bird lyrically concerned with re-exploring the early passion of a relationship. “It’s about when you meet somebody and that first sort of whirlwind of how great it is,” says the singer. “It’s wanting to repeat it all again.”

For Strangers, The Ramona Flowers employed a new creative modus operandi of the collective members writing separately, using computers and synthesizers, before bringing the songs to the rest of the band in the studio to complete as a team. Hence the music’s more electronic focus.

Among the band’s more recent adventures are a memorable set at Glastonbury 2017 and a trip to Japan to play at the 2017 Fuji Rock Festival, where they were astounded to find themselves performing at the decidedly un-rock’n’roll time of 10.30AM to 5,000 avid fans. “They were singing along and knew all the words,” Bird marvels.

Three albums in, The Ramona Flowers deserve to be ranked up there with the contemporary artists and bands they most admire and feel an affinity with: Phoenix, M83, Everything Everything, Sampha, Wild Beasts. With Strangers, they surely will be, since they’re performing at peak level.
“I think this record is much more accessible to a wider audience,” says Sam James. “The sound of the band is big. I think we've been growing towards this over the last two records. This is the best album we’ve ever done.”

Press Releases

03.23.18//The Ramona Flowers Announce New Single “Dramatist” and Album Pre-order

The Ramona Flowers Announce New Single “Dramatist” and Album Pre-order




UK Band Drops New Track and Joins Leading US Booking Agency










Los Angeles, CA – UK indie-electronic band, The Ramona Flowers announce their new single and lyric video, “Dramatist.” The synth-based track is rooted in nostalgia and accompanied by a powerful drum groove. “Dramatist” will be released on March 23rd alongside the pre-order of the band’s forthcoming album, Strangers, out on May 18th, 2018.

Strangers was recorded at The Distillery in Bath, England and produced by the esteemed Chris Zane (Friendly Fires, Passion Pit, Bat For Lashes). The album, including the previously released singles, “Strangers,” “If You Remember” and “Same Sun,” explores The Ramona Flowers’ perfect balance between rock and electronica. Strangers is the sound of a band that has refined their craft through years of experience and experimenting with different styles, while discovering exactly who they want to be. “The idea for ‘Dramatist’ happened on my way to bed,” explains guitarist Sam James. “It took two minutes! I’m not sure what it says about bedtime, maybe I thought an event was going to happen!”

The band also announced that they have joined US booking agency, Artist Group International (AGI) with agents, Pete Pappalardo and Tom Linden at the helm. AGI is a leading live entertainment agency that books an extensive roster of musicians, comedians and sporting events worldwide. Some of their clients include Cage the Elephant, Smashing Pumpkins, Band of Horses and Iggy Pop.

The Ramona Flowers’ notable performances include memorable sets at Glastonbury and Fuji Rock Festival. The group has toured around the world including shows in Europe, Asia and North America, making many new fans along the way – including Bono, lead singer of U2.  Bono contacted the band after he heard his daughter playing the pulsing and atmospheric track, “Lust And Lies.” The song caught his ear and he subsequently recruited its producer, Andy Barlow (one half of electronic duo Lamb) to help in the making of the Irish supergroup’s latest album, Songs Of ExperienceThe Guardian said, “There's something about this band that suggests hugeness may be imminent.”

“Dramatist” is available for download and streaming on digital music platforms worldwide Friday, March 23rd. To hear the band’s most masterful songwriting to date, pre-order Strangers. Keep up with The Ramona Flowers by visiting TheRamonaFlowersMusic.com.



10.13.17//The Ramona Flowers Come Alive With New Single “Strangers”

The Ramona Flowers Come Alive With New Single “Strangers”




UK Band Release High Energy Single










Los Angeles, CA - The Ramona Flowers are back with a new single, “Strangers.” The upbeat, funky, electro-dance track relishes that special moment when you meet someone new and have an instant connection with them. The song embodies the mystery of a new encounter. “Strangers” is now available for download on digital music outlets everywhere.

The song was recorded in Bath, England with producer Chris Zane (Passion Pit, Friendly Fires, Bat For Lashes). “‘Strangers’ is written about that special feeling you get when you first meet someone and wishing that you could relive that over and over again,” explains lead singer, Steve Bird. “Ironically, this was a rare song where we wrote it collectively as a band, but nobody was in the same room at the same time. We just all knew the vibe instantly, but it was a bit like we were strangers."

The Ramona Flowers is a five-piece, electro-pop band that formed almost by chance in Bristol, one of the most vibrant and multicultural cities in the UK. Taking inspiration from the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the band chose to name themselves after the female lead, Ramona Flowers. The band specializes in infectious electronic beats infused with indie-rock and pop influence that is downright addictive.

The band’s recent EP release, Magnify (Distiller Records), was a fan favorite and earned them performances at Glastonbury Festival events and on the Fuji Rock Festival, as well as tours across Europe and Asia.

The band will make its way to the United States this November.

“Strangers” is available on digital music platforms worldwide Friday, October 13th.

Keep up with The Ramona Flowers by visiting TheRamonaFlowersMusic.com.



04.10.18//The Ramona Flowers Release Captivating Single “Out of Focus”

The Ramona Flowers Release Captivating Single “Out of Focus”




UK Band Unveils Music Video Ahead of “Strangers” Album Release










Los Angeles, CA – The Ramona Flowers have released their new electro-pop single and music video for “Out of Focus.” The synth-based track begins with a rhythmic drum groove and continues with an upbeat, addictive chorus. This magnetic song is the latest single off of the band’s forthcoming album, Strangers available on May 18, 2018 via Distiller Records. “Out of Focus” is now available for download and streaming across all digital music platforms. The music video is available for viewing on YouTube.

Out of Focus” is produced by Chris Zane (Friendly Fires, Passion Pit, Bat For Lashes) and explores the group’s electronic and contemporary dance vibe. “Chris has a brilliant knack for getting the most beautiful sounds out of classic synths,” says Sam James. The music video features a collection of the band’s recent tour footage both on and off stage from the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan where they played in front of thousands of people. The popularity of their Fuji Rocks performance created a demand for the subsequent tour which is also featured in the video.

The five-piece electro-pop group formed in Bristol after having met by chance, and have since progressed through two albums – Dismantle And Rebuild (2014) and Part Time Spies (2016) - to their well-developed third long-player, Strangers, set for release on May 18, 2018. The group initially banded together to find a shared sweet spot between rock and electronica. They have since put down their guitars and picked up synthesizers, hence their breezy, ‘80s infused electro-pop sound. The Ramona Flowers have enjoyed international success, performing throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. They have impressively widened their fan base, including the likes of Bono, the lead singer of U2.

“Out of Focus” is a testament to The Ramona Flowers’ uncanny ability to perfectly mesh rock and electronica with addictive, radio-ready hooks. Watch the music video on the band’s YouTube channel and download or stream the track on digital music platforms worldwide. Keep up with The Ramona Flowers by visiting TheRamonaFlowersMusic.com.



05.18.18//The Ramona Flowers Release New Album Strangers

The Ramona Flowers Release New Album Strangers












UK Band Unveils Highly Anticipated Album and Partnership With Menswear Brand, By Robert James








Los Angeles, CA – The Ramona Flowers have released their new album, Strangers, via Distiller RecordsThe eleven-track collection reveals the band’s eloquent balance between rock and electronica. The album seamlessly fuses contemporary influences with timelessly anthemic melodies. Strangers is now available to stream and download from all digital music platforms worldwide.

The album was recorded at The Distillery in Bath, UK and produced by the esteemed Chris Zane (Friendly Fires, Passion Pit, Bat For Lashes). The title track sets the tone for The Ramona Flowers’ new approach with a nocturnal club sound. “It’s about when you meet somebody and that first sort of whirlwind of how great it is,” says lead singer Steve Bird. Strangers is inspired in part by the band’s time on the road and the people they meet along the way, from New York to Tokyo. These travels are displayed in their latest music video, “Out of Focus,” a track that underlines the more synth-based emphasis of the album.  The single “Venice” explores the romantic visions of an idyllic future existence in the Italian city. “‘Venice’ is loosely about myself and my girlfriend moving on eventually to be in a beautiful place and forgetting about day-to-day troubles,” Bird explains. The album also features the previously released single, “If You Remember” and “Ghost,” which will be at radio this summer. Strangers is the sound of a band that has refined their craft through years of experience and experimenting with different styles, while discovering exactly who they want to be.

The Ramona Flowers recently announced their partnership with New York based menswear brand, By Robert James. Inspired by music and historic men’s garments and themes, and guided by the spirit of his humble beginnings, James’ designs appeal to high-end men’s fashion books as well as the average guy. By Robert James will be styling The Ramona Flowers for their upcoming music video and the band will also appear in the brand’s upcoming campaign.

The Ramona Flowers have enjoyed international success, performing throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. They have impressively widened their fan base that now includes Bono of U2. Strangers is now available to stream and download worldwide on digital music platforms everywhere. Keep up with The Ramona Flowers by visiting TheRamonaFlowersMusic.com.






07.21.17//The Ramona Flowers Release New EP ‘Magnify’

The Ramona Flowers Release New EP ‘Magnify’

Los Angeles, CA -  Fresh off their appearance at the famous Glastonbury Festival, The Ramona Flowers have today released a new four track EP called Magnify.

Current single, ‘If You Remember’ is presented alongside a Luxxury Remix and new cuts, ‘Take Me Apart’ and ‘Numb Drunk’. As beguiling as ever, the EP is a sleek, bass driven, electronically informed modern pop record with synthetic textures and melodies.

Optimistic in sound, the “If You Remember” music video (featuring actor Brian Blessed and brought to life by video director Roger Sargent) inspires positivity through heartwarming visuals and buoyant noise. It’s a feel good video in not so feel good times. “The song itself depicts triumph over adversity, telling a story of someone down on their luck,” explains the band.

Based in Bristol, The Ramona Flowers are Steve Bird, (vocals), Ed Gallimore (drums), Sam James (guitar), Dave Betts (keyboard/guitar) and Wayne Jones (bass). With nearly half a million YouTube views and over 250 thousand Spotify plays, the band are quickly gaining domestic and international attention. They are touring Europe and Japan (including the prestigious Fuji Rocks Festival) this year.

Keep up with The Ramona Flowers by visiting TheRamonaFlowersMusic.com.

07.13.18//The Ramona Flowers Sense A Past Presence In Their “Ghost” Music Video

The Ramona Flowers Sense A Past Presence In Their “Ghost” Music Video

UK Band Teams with NYC Menswear Brand, By Robert James for New Video


Los Angeles, CA -  The Ramona Flowers have released a music video for their latest single, “Ghost” which reached the Top 30 charts on college radio. The new music video portrays the sensation that a past love is still around. The video, now streaming on the band’s YouTube channel, is from their latest album, Strangers. Stream or download the record on digital music platforms worldwide.

“Ghost” was directed by Frankie Nasso and shot in the Hamptons, NY. To stick with the ghost theme, the video reveals the “lost” James Bond Aston Martin DB7. “Ghost” also showcases The Ramona Flowers newest partnership with NYC menswear brand, By Roberts James, who provided all the styling and fashion direction for the video. The video is filled with little details that make it more meaningful than a band performing in an empty house. It creates a metaphorical match between vision and lyrics. The camera follows a girl that appears to be an apparition throughout the house while the band plays, promoting the lyrics, “it’s your face that I see flicker even though you’re not around”.

The five-piece indie-synth group formed in Bristol after having met by chance, and have since progressed through two albums – Dismantle And Rebuild (2014) and Part Time Spies (2016) - to their well-developed third long-player, Strangers. The group initially banded together to find a shared sweet spot between rock and electronica. They have since put down their guitars and picked up synthesizers, hence their breezy, ‘80s infused electro-pop sound. The Ramona Flowers have enjoyed international success, performing throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. They have impressively widened their fan base, including the likes of Bono, the lead singer of U2.

Catch The Ramona Flowers on tour in the UK this fall. To keep up with the band, visit TheRamonaFlowersMusic.com. “Ghost” is available on all digital music platforms and the video is available to be seen on YouTube.

Tour Dates:

Sept 20 - Berlin, DE - Kesselhaus & Maschinenhaus

Sept 22 - Cologne, DE - Artheater

Oct 01 - Amsterdam, NL - Sugar Factory

Oct 02 - Paris, FR - Olympic Café