By Ethan Brown
Samantha Flowers is a two-piece indie pop band composed of members Samantha Oesch and Sean Nelson. The two joined forces as guitarist and bassist with Oesch on vocals in 2019. Forming in San Marcos, the two are quickly gaining popularity in the Austin and San Antonio areas, where musicians of all genres thrive.
I met Oesch through music classes at Texas State. We initially hit it off, and she invited me to see her band play at Cheer Up Charlies this past Friday. She was kind enough to let me cover the show for KTSW, and agreed to do an interview at a later date as well.
Samantha Flowers played the indoor stage, and she, accompanied by Nelson, quickly set up and plugged in for a 9:30 showtime. With the aid of backing drum tracks the duo played a five song set. Flowers’ vocals and work with the guitar created a dreamlike aura that filled the room while Nelson’s bass playing carried on the entrancing groove.
There’s credit owed to the artist with timing and tact who understands the fine line between a set that’s too short and one that’s too long. Flowers and Nelson played and made their presence known, but also respected the time of the audience as goes the unspoken commandment of musicianship. Their time spent on stage was just right, and felt cohesive and professional. I thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance the two conjured.
The set ended on a peaceful note with their latest release “LUV.” Oesch thanked the crowd and encouraged those in attendance to introduce themselves to her afterward. Without having to worry about a drummer, the two musicians packed up and headed to their cars to load up within minutes.
Interview with Samantha Flowers below:
Ethan Brown (EB): How long have you been singing and playing guitar?
Samantha Flowers (SF): I’ve been singing all my life. I’ve always wanted to be a singer ever since I was four. I’ve been playing guitar for 12 years. I taught myself. I’m left-handed, but I taught myself how to play right-handed because left-handed guitars are just irritating, and you can’t find many YouTube videos that are helpful.
EB: How hard was it to learn a right-handed guitar being left-handed?
SF: It’s not that bad. I play piano, so your right hand is dominant with the piano, and your left hand is kind of like the bass part. I finger-pick a lot so the right hand is pretty active. I just got used to it I guess.
EB: How difficult is it to balance playing shows and going to school?
SF: It’s not that hard. I just have to manage my time correctly. I only have one bandmate, so it’s pretty easy to schedule things. I don’t have to rely on other people’s schedules except one other. It’s nice because I have Fridays off, so I don’t have to worry about a Friday or a weekend show. I don’t think it’s hard it’s just a matter of when my bandmate is free. I go to school full time, and I don’t have a job right now, so music is my job.
EB: Do you have any new releases that you’re working on right now?
SF: Yes, I have a song inspired by the band Her’s. They passed away last year. And that’s why I also started working with the drum machine because I like that sound. So I’m working on that, and it should be out probably in May or June.
EB: If you went on tour what bands would you want to tour with?
SF: Definitely Kevin Krauter if I were to open for someone, or Hayley Williams, that would be crazy. Those are ideal people I would want to open for tour-wise. If I were to go on tour with anybody, I would probably say Polyanna — my friend Polyanna — she’s a San Antonio local artist. She’s like an indie pop artist. She’s really good; really good at playing piano, and she produces all her own music.
EB: When would you want to go on tour?
SF: Summer, definitely the summer. I want to plan something for this summer maybe like June-July. Hopefully I can cook something up by then, but I think the summer’s ideal since I don’t really take summer classes.
Feature image by Ethan Brown.