Bass player Leslie Schulze is leaving Flaggs. Schulze, who's played with the power-pop trio since early 2013, previously was a member of The New Kinetics and before that served in the Navy. She'll be moving to Oklahoma City in February to train for a career in air-traffic control.
Lindsay Matheson, singer and guitarist in the band, tells CityBeat that Flaggs will continue on, and that she'll miss Schulze, her "best friend." Matheson says that she and drummer Matthew Franco knew since the band's formation that this day was coming.
"Basically, she told us six months ago that she might have to leave in a year," Matheson says. "Unfortunately, it happened really fast. We're bummed to see her go, but this is the job that she's been waiting to do."
Matheson and Franco plan to start looking for a new bass player in the coming months; in the meantime, they'll begin recording the first Flaggs full-length album. Matheson says she'll most likely play bass on the recordings, though they might also bring in a "special guest." The band plans to take a slow approach to finding Schulze's replacement.
"You'll always be able to find a bass player, but the hardest thing is finding someone with the right chemistry," Matheson says. "We're not in a rush right now. We didn't want to force it. We want things to happen organically."
Flaggs have tentative plans to finish the album by spring or early summer, and while they're optimistic about being able to play a record-release show when it's done, Matheson says that their first concern is finishing the record.
"We wanna feel like we're 100-percent ready for it," Matheson says.
Schulze played her last show with Flaggs on Friday, Jan. 24, at Soda Bar.