Michael Flores: Love Is In His Rock & Roll Bones
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flores is a rock and roller with a murky past, a turbulent present and a promising future, all of which he writes about with a subtle confidence and an endearing humility.
What's more, Flores operates in both the English and Spanish, and that is absolutely extra credit here in Houston. So we reached out to him to talk about tigers, facial hair and the city's lackluster roll call of prominent Latino musicians.
Rocks Off: First, tell us everything we need to know about Michael Flores in exactly six words.
Michael Flores: In exactly six words? I can do this in five words: Love is in the bones.
RO: Your song "Anything For Love," how accurate is that? Would you really do anything for love? Would you:
Eat a yardstick?
Wrestle a small tiger?
Wrestle a mid-sized tiger?
Wrestle a full grown tiger?
Watch Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns?
Drink Mason Verger's bath water?
MF: "Anything For Love," oddly enough, was written at a time when I couldn't actually be with that one person you want and somehow can't have --isn't that how it is sometimes? Sometimes, being in love with someone who's in love with someone else can be more enticing than just having someone.
Photos via reverbnation.com/michaelflores
What would I do for love? Well a, yardstick doesn't appear to have any carbs and might actually contain some hidden protein so yeah, I might be up for that; long amounts of chewing required.
Small tiger, midsize tiger, full-grown, doesn't matter. My obsession with tigers goes all the way to the ink on my skin, so given the chance I'd probably wrestle with one for my own interests. I love that animal, so majestic.
Tyler Perry Meet the Browns. I've seen this movie title. I'd be up for it because me being 'brown' sounds like George Lopez would make an appearance at some point.
So far I've proven my love. Now, regarding Mason Verger's bath water to win someone's love? I'll have to go ahead and go on record by saying there are plenty of other fish in the sea and move on with that one.
RO: Your sideburns are very nearly a full beard. How long did it take you to grow them? Several years, we're guessing.
MF: My sideburns are a product of when you're a young teenager and having facial hair is the cool thing to do, except for one problem... everyone else is able to grow some but for whatever reason I was a late bloomer and never could till much later. Felt like I was three years late to my prom.
So once I could grow them, I always kept them. And now I rather enjoy all the Spanish Elvis references I get. After all, he was the King, wasn't he?