The Ideal Cynics were a rock band formed in Commerce, Texas somewhere around 1991. The band had a strong college following as a few of the members went to the university in Commerce East Texas State University which is now Texas A&M-Commerce. But the local following was due to their drummer Cameron White who's father was the university Medical Doctor (Doctor White) who allowed them to use his private practice office in downtown Commerce as a rehearsal hall. This building became known as "The Jam Room". On any given night you could find the band downtown working on their passion (which was music, beautiful women, and partying). I mean you've got to have your priorities.
The band at this time consisted of six members Phil Flowers aka The Rev Black Flowers on vocals and guitar, Joseph Lonon on bass and vocals, Daniel Young on guitar, Cameron White on drums, Matthew Langley on keyboards and percussion, and Rod Marentette on guitar. Needless to say they were a wall of sound. The band quickly built its following playing locally in Commerce and Greenville, Texas. In 1992 they went in to the studio and recorded their EP "Universal Peace" which was included on the 2006 release". Hard Lesson". Dallas in the early 90's was a burgeoning music scene with Deep Ellum being at the heart of it. This is where the Ideal Cynics made their biggest impact playing such venues as Trees, The Rock, Club DaDa, 21st Amendment, Club Clearview, The Stone Pony, Dallas City Limits, The Rage, and The Terminal. Does anyone remember the Live Minnow? (Just kidding) Opening and sometimes headlining with likes of The Nixons, Tabula Rasa, Fastball, Michael Nesmith of The Monkees, Deep Blue Something, The Toadies, and Radish. Working hard behind the scenes on every show was a dedicated crew of friends called The Ideal Crew and a manager (Lance Wells of DCAP Productions) without whom none of this would have been possible.
In 1993 the band started recording the cd "Malachai" at Audio Dallas Recording Studio in Rockwall, Texas. Engineered by Paul Osborn and mastered by George Guerin. This masterpiece was the culmination of alot of people's work. Released in 1994 Malachai can stand up with any recording in the business. The story of a young man in search of purpose in a sometimes cruel world struck a nerve with listeners that still lasts today. In 2006 The Rev Black Flowers released what might have been on a future cd "Hard Lesson" and the previously unreleased EP" Universal Piece". Lance Wells and Lancecrafter released the "Grimace" video to youtube and a live video of "Definition of Love" both from the cd "Malachai"