Local band Fight or Flight has been gaining momentum in the Ellensburg area and has played at a handful of establishments including Spurs Bar and Grill, Prosody Events and even the SURC Pit. This April the band will choose fight over flight as they battle it out in the ‘Burgstock battle of the bands.
Fight or Flight’s front man is senior global wine studies major Emerson Folker, who emerged into the music scene with a full-length recorded album under the band name Settin Pacific. Folker started getting the attention of CWU students when he performed a Settin Pacific song to take the title of Mr. Central in 2009. Originally focused on a more acoustic sound, Folker now rocks an electric guitar as the lead singer of Fight or Flight.
Bass contributor to the band is senior math education major Jon Mintz. Mintz started playing a different type of bass, a tuba, when he was 10 years old, but was quick to pick up the bass guitar three years later. In high school, Mintz’s focus was on jazz, playing for a small combo affiliated with the Northwest Jazz Orchestra. Mintz met Arthur Lang his freshman year at CWU and formed a fast friendship that would lead to the formation of their three-person band.
Lang took up drums at the ripe age of 10 years old and the guitar at age 14. He played in musicals and musical groups all over Yakima. Fellow band geeks will also appreciate Lang’s accomplishment of winning the John Phillip Sousa Award. Lang took a break from drums and guitar for a time to pursue electronic music, even creating the full soundtrack to the video game Legends of Yore. After a stint playing lead guitar for Ellensburg band Science Fiction, Lang formed Fight or Flight after he and Mintz met Folker their junior year.
The trio describes themselves as alternative rock with funky bass melodies you’ll want to dance to. They hope to put on one of the best shows of their life and plan to play their favorite and most diverse set at Prosody Events, April 27th.
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