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Still Flyin’ have been redefining indie-pop since 2004, drawing inspiration from classic pop songwriting and great times with great friends. Led by Sean Rawls of Masters of the Hemisphere, 2009’s much loved Never Gonna Touch the Ground established the band’s fun-loving credo, and saw them touring the world, with a little help in their live show from the likes of Isobel Knowles (Architecture in Helsinki), Mark Monnone (Lucksmiths), Josephine Olausson (Love is All), Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor) and Yoshi Nakamoto (Aisler Set). The band supported the release with show-stopping sets at SXSW, The Great Escape and All Tomorrow’s Parties (curated by Pavement).
On a Bedroom Wall sees the band returning with a streamlined live setup to bring a tight new sound to their production and songcraft, mixed with a healthy dose of ingenuity and fun. Following on from the 80s influence and synth-tastic Neu Ideas releases, Still Flyin’ have once again upped their game, mixing hook-heavy melodies with signature choral harmonies and roto-toms aplenty.
The four piece, hailing from Mexico, Trinidad and England but now resident in the suitably cosmopolitan city of Bristol, make feel-good, sunshine-happy music for cool and groovy summer nights. Described variously as pinball electro, chirp-hop or even electro-funk-folk pop, one thing’s for certain: you’re unlikely to have heard anything quite like it before. Imagine an exotic trip through Highlife-style guitar licks, Mariachi-band trumpets, percolating basslines, disco handclaps, soaring flute solos, crazy arpeggio synth lines and video game bleeps and bloops – and you'll get the general idea.
Simon (Vermont) and Alice (Arthur and Martha, The Loves) met on the London Underground after a Stereo Totale gig in 2009. Two days later Simon was round Alice's house unblocking her kitchen drain. When they are not doing DIY they like to talk Beach Boys, analogue synths and procrastination techniques and play music together ably assisted by “London’s premier rhythm section”, and Alice’s old Loves band mates Dan and Jonny. “Like Electrelene playing “Kids in America”.