Dallas-based rock quintet Flickerstick may have earned a reputation as the loveable drunks on VH1's reality series "Bands on the Run," but frontman Brandin Lea says any negative publicity should be bl

Dallas-based rock quintet Flickerstick may have earned a reputation as the loveable drunks on VH1's reality series "Bands on the Run," but frontman Brandin Lea says any negative publicity should be blunted when listeners hear its Epic set "Welcoming Home the Astronauts" (due Nov. 6).

"We don't know why everybody is surprised to see a rock band drink beer," he adds. "We're unapologetic about it. Some people still want their rock to be dirty."

Flickerstick's musical strength, regardless of its late-night revelry, led to a win on "Bands" and the opportunity to reach a widening audience. Lea says, "Now our goal is to get people that did watch it to say that we're not just a TV show band."

The group also includes Lea's brother, bassist Fletcher Lea; guitarist/keyboardist/singer Cory Kreig; guitarist Rex Ewing; and drummer Dominic Weir.

Flickerstick is poised to reach its goals because its sound is unlike the rest of the rock radio dial, Lea says. "You've got Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit, and then you've got sensitive metal like Staind, and then pop/rock like Lifehouse and matchbox twenty. We're into more psychedelic, mellow music. I have the confidence to say that I can't name a band that we're trying to be like."

After even a casual spin of the band's album, Lea's point is well taken. The project -- consisting mostly of material written about two years ago -- ably combines varied musical styles to create ethereal, exploratory pieces like "Lift," the nearly seven-minute opening track, to such rock romps as "Hey." The disc also offers thoughtful lyrics within such cuts as "Coke" (the album's best track) and "Beautiful," a catchy love song that is the project's first single.

Randy Irwin, VP of worldwide marketing for Epic Records, expects that the early, positive reaction to "Beautiful," which went to modern rock radio Oct. 2, will eventually lead to top-40 exposure and an "absolute hit." As the band tours the U.S., Epic plans continually upgrading the group's official Web site, flickerstick.com.

The band is currently on the road, with dates scheduled through a Nov. 24 show at the Showbox in Seattle.