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Fast Five: Flight Brigade



How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?

We all grew up in the same area as kids -about an hour outside of London. The two girls, Miriam & Dorry, are sisters and Miriam is married to the lead singer, Oliver. After going to different unis we got back together and formed Flight Brigade to make the music we really wanted to make.
The band name originated from the combination of our guitarist’s (Tom Pink) love of second world war aviation and Oliver’s love of the legendary skateboarders the ‘Bones Brigade’.

How would you describe your music?

We’re predominantly a rock band, but, with seven of us in the mix, the arrangements are key, as we’re combining a lot of elements, violin orchestration, heavy guitars, synths and male/ female vocals. Lots of our songs tell stories, some from personal experience and some we’ve been told.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

We’ve just finished our debut album which will be released in October and we’ve got an album tour throughout the UK before we head to Germany and The Netherlands. We’re also playing Reeperbahn Festival for the first time, which has been a long held band dream so we’re super excited to get over there! In the next couple weeks we’ll also be releasing the video for our new single ‘Hurricane Season’

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

Tom Waits because he is such a hero of ours. We would be fascinated to see his recording process because he has such a unique sound which captures grit & poignancy at the same time.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Probably ‘Mule Variations’ by Tom Waits. It feels like you enter his world as soon as it starts and every track feels perfectly placed. The song writing is flawless & original with grimy upbeat stompy numbers like ‘Filipino Box Spring Hog’ and unexpected tear jerkers like “Take it with me”. It’s also strangely uplifting.

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