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Interview: Flyte

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As the nights start to draw in earlier and the chill begins to knuckle right into your bones, summer seems a long time ago. Wait, did we even have a summer?

Indie romanticists, Flyte, certainly did. The alt poppers from London are here to spread some love and summery vibes.

We caught up with them ahead of their forthcoming tour with songstress Lucy Rose.

“We got into music early on,” explains lead singer Will Taylor. “It was a way of defining yourself at school.”

He adds, “and it helped with getting girls to fancy you.”

Will continues: “Jon and I have played together since we were seven. Nick was always in other bands growing up and he joined us much later on.

“And then Sam fell out of the sky a few years ago and there was Flyte.” 

Since said ‘falling’ back in 2013, Flyte have gone from strength to strength.

Subtly bold instrumentals manage to wiggle into the subconscious, with tracks “dictated by the groove”.

Interesting though, they’ve been said to make music reminiscent of numerous eras - from “McCartney inspired” ‘False Alarm’s’ warm, caramelised vocals and downbeat 60’s mood to ‘Light Me Up’s’ 90’s chilled melody.

Their debut single ‘We Are The Rain’ sits close on the heart, to pull at the strings. Sugary hooks and shimmering melodies kiss, creating a New Wave-esque feel that Jean-Luc Godard could direct a film to.

Its sweet, come of age lyrics talk about hiding together through April showers and drinking cheap, warm beer whilst wearing fake sunglasses.

With that the premises is set. A Flyte song pins with poignancy in the teenage heart.

“I think it’s probably the juxtaposition of the groove and the content," says Will. "That’s what we aim for a lot. It’s a good recipe.”

Talking about sleeping pills, loneliness and self-confidence on a contrasting uplifting rhythm, kitsch lyrics smooth across their back catalogue, wearing their hearts on their sleeve in declarations of love and loss.

“You definitely have to be very open with each other and yourself," Will says.

“Writing can be a lot like therapy. I’ll often have lyrics already there in the notebook and the best stuff will often come about from jamming in the studio.”

Latest single ‘Please Eloise’ is all about the relationship between pop culture and body image. Lyrics pine: ‘Please please please, Eloise, don’t believe what you see in magazines.’

Toe tapping rhythm slinks against the retro sounding beats and husked vocal tones.

“Love means wanting the person you love to see in themselves what you see in them. It can be frustrating when you see someone you love railing against who they really are and trying to be something that they’re not,” Will explains.

The championing single was recorded completely live - just like the rest of the tracks on their eight-track tape.

“We tried recording it bit by bit but it just wasn’t capturing what was happening in the live show," Will continues.

“It sucked all the fun out of it for us. So in the end we just thought, fuck it lets record it live to our tape machine.

“Self-enforcing limitations like that can often be the best thing for creating an original sound."

Free from the distraction of possibilities on computers and production, Flyte’s recordings are what they are. All Flyte.

Accompanying ‘Please Eloise’ came the psychedelic video. From tropical surroundings to space, cut out paper-like figures of the band rock out in trademark pastels - continuing a long streak of retro looking, warm visuals.

 

 

The video to summery, rose-tinted track ‘Closer Together’ aims to do just that, bringing us closer into a day in the life of Flyte: accompanied by their friend for a day out in London, where hundreds of disposable photos snaps capture the moment in time.

Quirkily cut to the 60s-ish beat, bright personality soars from the grained photographs - an invitation to be part of a special gang.

 

 

“The videos are very important to us; they can dictate how a person hears the song and you’ve got to get it spot on.

“The videos have all been deliberately low-fi so far because we were intending to create a sense of familiarity with our fans.

“But you can expect an upgrade for the next one...” Will hints.

Defining track ‘Light Me Up’ is the poppiest of them all, taking fluttering harmonies and glittered keys to build to an anthemic semi-ballad proposal.

“It came from a place of living in, and becoming disenchanted with, the city,” Will says.

In the video, the band play against bright blue and pink drop boards, in city centre estates among blocks of flats.

“It’s like the antithesis of all that drudgery, which is why we shot the video in that very brutalist setting.”

 

Discussing their modest attitudes to their music, Will puts it into perspective: “We were busking on the street to pay rent.

“And then a year later we were playing to five thousand people at Brixton Academy, on the road with Bombay Bicycle Club, and signing to a major record label.”

Playing live is something that sits extremely well with the band.

“It’s just an enormous pay off to share the energy of the music with other people." Will says. 

“We have a tendency to lock ourselves away in our studio and go a little bit stir crazy. You can forget what it’s all for if you don’t get out there and react with your fans.”

So there you have it: a peek into the pure world of Flyte. And they still wouldn’t tell us what the acronym stands for.




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