With ‘glorious folk-tinged stadium anthems’ (Record of The day) Flight Brigade is the coming together of two families. Lead singer Oliver Baines grew up on a farm in Ohio, before moving to the UK, where he first met fellow band member Miriam (now his wife) when they were kids. Her sister Dorry plays violin and joins Miriam in harmonies, the girls having been steeped in the 70′s British folk scene, thanks to their musician parents.
‘full of youth, hope, and nostalgia for a time they shouldn’t be able to remember, it’s an infectious mix’ • TOM ALLEN, CBC RADIO 2
BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson plus Radio 2’s Bob Harris and Janice Long have all championed the band to date as has Tom Allen on Canada’s CBC Radio 2. The band have supported Grouplove, Dry The River, Stornoway, King Charles and Seth Lakeman and have played main stages at Hop Farm & Blissfields festivals, opening for Maximo Park and Primal Scream. The band were commissioned to compose the music for an ITV documentary about Haiti as well as the Unicef World Cup campaign and are now working towards a 2015 release of their debut LP with producer Gavin Monaghan (Kings of Leon, The Editors).
‘Astonishing’ • JANICE LONG, BBC RADIO 2
2015 was an incredibly busy and successful year for Flight Brigade. With rave reviews for their EP, Stealing Fire, along with Record of the Day’s “the best unsigned band we saw live at The Great Escape”, they played packed out stages at Glastonbury and Bestival and had their first TV feature (of their “When We Were Young” video) on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.
Continuing the upward trajectory, 2016 opened with “When We Were Young” featured as “Shock of the New” on Radio X as the band finished golden song-writing sessions while recording and mixing on the South Coast.
The new four track U Kill Me EP is a prelude to Flight Brigade’s stunning debut album coming this Autumn. Lead track U Kill Me is the band at their adrenaline fuelled best, “a maelstrom of infectious energy” (Now Then Magazine live review). Tearaway is another big crowd/fan favourite from their live shows. Thick As Thieves, based on the true story of popular American baseball player, Detroit Tiger’s Max Scherzer and the tragic death of his younger brother Alex, spotlights the close relationship of the brothers and the effects of Alex’s suicide. The emotive string arrangement calls to mind Sigur Ros and Explosions In The Sky, the harmonies of Low and the softer orchestration of M83. Dust & Glory is a stripped down Flight Brigade, highlighting another of their secret weapons, Dorry’s vocals. A beautiful track destined to be featured on future episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and much more.
The band’s live schedule rolls out another festival-filled Summer leading up to the release of their as yet untitled debut album in September. Flight Brigade will embark on a full UK tour in October together with their first European shows.