FLYLEAF will celebrate the release of its sophomore album, "Memento Mori", with an outdoor mini-concert on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Wednesday, October 28 (which will actually air the morning of Thursday, October 29).
"Memento Mori" will arrive on November 10 via A&M/Octone and follows up FLYLEAF's self-titled 2005 debut, which has sold over one million copies.
To record "Memento Mori", the Belton, Texas-based quintet again teamed with producer Howard Benson, who — in addition to FLYLEAF's debut — is known for his work with PAPA ROACH, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS.
A compelling blend of powerful guitars and soaring melodies, "Memento Mori" is highlighted by the stirring, melodic "Arise", the thunderous, riff-fueled "Beautiful Bride", the high-flying "Missing", and the dynamic, urgent "Set Apart this Dream". Though song contributions come from every member of the band, "Memento Mori" features a lyrical theme that started out as a kind of urgent and hopeful personal message from FLYLEAF vocalist Lacey to her teenaged sister. "I feel like the new songs began as a kind of open letter to my little sister, saying, 'Please don't make the mistakes that I have made,'" explains the thoughtful and reflective Lacey. "When I'm on stage and look out into the crowd, I see my sister in so many faces. With the title 'Memento Mori' we took that feeling a step further so that it now encompasses meaning for the rest of the band as well; essentially to make the most of the time we've all been given. 'Memento Mori' is universal.
The album's title comes from the well-known Latin phrase that, through the ages, has been uttered as a reminder of the mortality we all share. According to ancient texts, memento mori was historically acted out as a kind of ritual tableau in ancient Rome when a victorious general was welcomed back to the city with a parade: "Standing behind the victorious general was a servant, and he had the task of reminding the general that, though he was up on the peak today, tomorrow was another day. The servant did this by telling the general that he should remember that he was mortal, i.e. 'Memento mori."
FLYLEAF — Lacey, guitarists Sameer Bhattacharya and Jared Hartmann, bassist Pat Seals, and drummer James Culpepper — will kick off a "thank-you-to-our-fans" tour in support of "Memento Mori" on October 29 in Los Angeles at the El Rey Theatre. They will share material from the new record, treating fans to intimate performances at smaller venues as a celebration of the release.