Originally formed in 2007 during middle school by childhood friends Alex Nyten and Felix Roberts, the duo had been writing and performing under the moniker Normal Apple for several years beforehand. After experimenting through their grade school years with numerous musicians and musical genres including punk, blues, funk, and jazz, the band had established their lineup and post-hardcore sound in 2010.
Originally members of separate local bands, Andrew Reed and Jonny Karroll became acquainted through the Okanagan music scene, and later joined the Flu due to their respective band's breakups. Both would meet Felix through work relations, who later introduced them to Nyten, and joined together as the four became closer friends. With Karroll’s previous years of experience gigging across Western Canada, Reed’s invaluable recording education, and Felix and Nyten’s history of writing and performing together, the Flu moved to become a more polished and professional band, writing music as an evolution of their numerous influences.
Their most notable influences include Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, and Alexisonfire. The four also enjoy their own personal influences, as far ranging as rock artist Gerry Rafferty, or classical pianist Erik Satie. This wide variety of influences can be explained by the Flu’s wide participation in several other musical groups now and in the past. Such acts include current performing group Intimate Evenings (Karroll) and several gigging Jazz ensembles of which Felix, Nyten, and Karroll have all been members of at separate times.
After forming, the Flu made sure to take advantage of the Internet and spread themselves through their comedy-information videos named “Couchisodes”. Each acts as a way of informing fans about band news and future plans. The Flu hopes not only to entertain by this means, but also let listeners know more about the members themselves.
Band MembersFelix Roberts- Vocals and Guitar
Alex Nyten- Bass
Jonny Karroll- Lead Guitar
Andrew Reed- Drums