Shelflife presents the US release of Melbourne shoegaze/psych outfit Flyying Colours self-titled 5-track EP available March 25 on limited 12" vinyl.
True to their name, Flyying Colours unashamedly display their influences in this debut: tone bending MBV/Swervedriver guitars, Ride's bass hooks and the familiar soft hush of early 90s male/female vocals. Add to that their own edgy, refreshing pop-mindedness and it makes for five completely brilliant tracks.
The EP includes pile-driving single "Wavygravy", a layered noise anthem jumped on by national radio and the international shoegaze blogosphere on its Oz release last April. Other stand out tracks are psych-rock opener "Like You Said", "Feathers" with its chorus-y jangle and lush vocals and the cool-down of closing track "Bugs."
Formed in 2011, Flyying Colours is Brodie J Brümmer (vox/Guitar), Gemma O'Connor (vox/Guitar) and the drums & bass of brothers Sam and Joshua Dawes. Before "Wavygravy" they received a lot of attention for their explosive live shows, setting them well apart from others occupying Melbourne's growing 90s/shoegaze scene. Flyying Colours have just completed an Australian tour and are currently recording tracks for their debut album.
Flyying Colours EP is a co-release with Club AC30 in the UK in a limited edition of 500 180 gram 12" copies worldwide with mp3 download. There will be unique colored vinyl per label -- 250 copies on black grape for the US and 250 on royal blue for the UK.
For fans of: Ride, Teenage Fanclub, Swervedriver, Dinosaur Jr., My Bloody Valentine, Pale Saints, The Lilys
Praise for Flyying Colours:
"Flyying Colours EP is destined to be grouped in with some of the classic EP's of that golden shoegaze era. Like I said every song is killer, but WavyGravy is especially sure to please with its adrenalin shot of blistering guitars and Ride-like drony harmonizing vocals, but my favorite on the EP has to be Feathers. It jangles its way to my heart, and then bursts out of its downbeat cocoon near the end with a chorus that soars up to the tops of the trees. Along with Day Ravies, Flyying Colours are making Australia start to look like the new mecca for those in love with guitar drenched psychedelic pleasures."
- Finest Kiss
"There's clear traces of a lot of the originators of the genre in here, and they deliver it with class. High quality shoegaze!"
- Sly Vinyl
"Chances are this tune from Flyying Colours is going to make a fan out of you! Presumptuous sure, but these guys are belting out a noise that instantly pricks peoples ears up"
- Sounds Better With Reverb
"Melbourne has a solid lineup of bands with an ear to early 90s shoegaze, and in an increasingly crowded sub-genre Flyying Colours differentiate themselves with an important feature- they know exactly what they're doing."
"blistering from start to finish. Kevin Shields-inspired shadows linger, while there are definitely traces of Swervedriver in that rock assault."
"...sounds like a band with the confidence of having found their sound. Loud and sharp and sounding polished (as much as shoegaze can), 'Wavygravy' churns with absolute force."
"This ain't no background music kids, this is the kind of EP that you need to take lying down and allow yourself to get lost in."
"It sounds big and it sounds good, like it was recorded with a cliff-face of amps in an abandoned wind tunnel"
"It's hard not to crush on the extensive, encircling sounds of Melbourne's Flyying Colours"
Flyying Colours EP
Catalogue number: LIFE107
Pressing: limited edition 12": 500 copies worldwide on 180 gram vinyl. 250 on black grape for the US and 250 on royal blue for the UK.
Artwork by: Thom Russell
1. Like You Said
3. She Leaves
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