Think of Flight Brigade as a family as much as a band and you start to understand the chemistry between them. Think of their songs as epic stories to which each member is essential and you begin to grasp what makes their music so powerful. Watch them perform and you can’t fail to be struck by the special bond they share.
The striking mix of male/female vocals, anthemic guitars, orchestral strings and vintage synths have bought them comparisons to Arcade Fire and Fleetwood Mac, whilst Ollie’s intense, storytelling lyrics set them apart.
In 2016 they released their debut album, ‘Our Friends Our Enemies’. The album’s title track was inspired by a story about Czech factory workers forced to make bombs for the Nazis. Some risked their lives by neglecting to include detonators, so that when the bombs dropped, they didn’t explode. “It was on a production line, in front of soldiers,” explains Ollie, “so it’s a story of bravery. One even put a note inside a bomb saying ‘this is all we can do for now’”.
Touring extensively and playing the major UK festivals including Glastonbury and Bestival the band have garnered a reputation for exceptional and explosive live shows. One such performance, at 'The Castle' in Manchester caught the ear of producer Chris Porter (George Michael, Bowie). Porter invited the band to record their forthcoming second album at The Visconti Studio.