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Flyleaf Has Much Love for Girls, Guys and God

“Where are all the girls in this place?” Flyleaf vocalist Lacey Mosely asked at a recent tour stop in Pittsburgh. “Let me hear your voices.” You can guess what the response sounded like. The band then tore into ‘Set Apart This Dream,’ a song about a little girl’s dreams of a better life in the hereafter.

Not one to leave anyone out, the diminutive Mosley (she clocks in under five feet tall) asked before playing new song ‘Circle’: “Where are the all the guys here? I want you to know that I believe in you.”

The Texas-based abrasive alt-rock band is on tour now in support of their new release, ‘Memento Mori,’ the follow-up to the platinum-selling eponymous debut. The western Pennsylvania date was special for two reasons — the band had canceled two scheduled shows there in the past, and the city is the new home for Mosley, who married Joshua Sturm, the guitarist for area prog rock band Kairos.

All throughout the night at Mr. Smalls, small slips of paper the shape and size of fortune cookie fortunes floated down inexplicably from the ceiling, spinning spastically like propellers on a strange axis. They were most likely remnants from a previous event, but they were a fitting coincidence considering the band’s name. The metallic circle of lighting rigging hung ominously over the stage like a gray halo, and the old-church-turned-venue wisely retained the beautiful, stained-glass windows as an acknowledgment to its former use.

Four songs into their set, before launching into one of their most popular songs, ‘All Around Me,’ Mosley — who hadn’t uttered a word that wasn’t sung until this point — said, “This is our love song to Jesus Christ.”

In keeping with this strong, transcendant tone for their performance, Mosley spoke about her struggle with depression as a teenager and her spiritual journey that led her and the rest of the band to that point in time. “A lot of miracles happened to bring us here,” she told the audience.

Perhaps the most moving moment came at the end, after the song ‘Arise’. Mosley asked the audience to sing the the last lines of the song acapella, which bore the words, “Arise and be/All that you dream”. Mosley, with striking sentiment, gave the reason why she wanted everyone to participate “We put our hearts into this show for you tonight, and we ask you to then be the show for us.”

The Memento Mori Tour ends Nov. 23 in Atlanta.

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