It takes 7 people to put together the sounds of Flight Brigade, as the London/Hampshire band throw in influences from the world of groove, indie and folk to make their own brand of alternative rock. Their size gives them the opportunity to produce an anthemic guitar sound mixed with challenging and varied hooks. We caught up with the band to find out 5 tracks that have influenced their upcoming debut record ‘Our Friends Our Enemies’ to see what gets inside the mind of Flight Brigade.
I think Nine Inch Nails will always have a place at the top of my list. Trent Reznor was one of the first artists to succeed in fusing the modern, maybe even futuristic, sound of electronics and drum machines with the raw power of hard rock music. His constant pursuit for perfection and new directions for his sound is a massive inspiration. The fact that this song is from 1989 and still sounds relevant today is a testament to just how ahead of his time Mr Reznor was.
Such a great band who’ve been making strong albums since 1997 & are still crushing it live. They combine amazing songwriting with interesting lyrical topics and they somehow seem to generate a lot of energy & intensity even in their slower songs. This one is a personal fave.
I love the way this band combine out and out electro beats and synths with guitars, trumpets and vocal harmonies. Again great songwriting and the video for this track is just perfect. Look out for the dancing butcher!
I first heard Queens when I was 16 years old, and it really changed the game in my thoughts as to what rock music could sound like. Lullaby like melodies pitted against dark and ferocious guitar sounds? Yes, please. The album ‘Songs For The Deaf’ is a masterpiece which plays from start to finish as a macabre radio show for a desert rock road trip. Here is the video for ‘First it Giveth’ from that album.
In my opinion one of the most underrated rock bands of the last 20 years, The Mars Volta combine staggering musicianship, distopian lyrics and a myriad of influences ranging from psychedelic free jazz, to math rock and ambient sonic soundscapes. The whole package is really quite unbelievable assault on the senses. They are absolutely astonishing live to boot. Here is ‘Intertiatic ESP’ from the brilliant album ‘De-Loused in the Comatorium’.
You can listen to Flight Brigade‘s brand new video for ‘Hurricane Season’ on SoundCloud (here), taken from the upcoming debut album ‘Our Friends Our Enemies’, out 14th October. Make sure you follow the band online via Facebook (here) and Twitter (here).