Squeaky clean indie-pop group Flyte, have managed to soar from obscurity to the airwaves in less than the year that they have been in existence as a band.
Going from being on the top of the unsigned heap to drying the ink on their Island Records major label deal and actually putting music out in roughly the time that it takes to grow a human being is no mean feat for sure, but for those with a more cynical mind, it does suggest the band are either ultimately very sellable and have been sitting ready to go, or are just supremely talented.
Where better to decide what to make of them than at a perfectly routed pit stop at East London’s Sebright Arms tonight (15th Sept) before the young foursome embark on a lengthy nationwide tour with top singer-songwriter Lucy Rose next month. A tour that will likely push them into upper echelons of the indie-pop crowd, this warm up show has clearly been scheduled to create a bit of buzz and intimacy before bigger things swoop on the horizon. A venue made for the up-and-coming with its intimate stage Flyte have easily sold it out, pulling a cross-sectional audience of all ages, shapes and sizes, all jumbled in on top of each other.
From the opening of “Chasing Heaven” it is clear to see why their fans come from all walks of life. Flyte’s songs are musically clever with universal appeal ringing in their four part harmonies, which lift up over the never-endingly huge choruses. It’s the kind of music soundtracks adverts and reality TV and live there are elements that are impressive; the music is bigger than where it being performed and it’s polished to perfection in every way. In ears monitors, a clapping-by-numbers intro on “Never Going To Stop” and copious amounts of keys resulting in dancing during last year's “We Are The Rain”.
However, with the slightly stunted lyrics and chirpiness of latest single "Please Eloise" there is something slightly faceless about the band that is hard to put the finger on. Its certainly not lead singer Will Taylor’s voice because it undeniably is a belter of one, with its full range and perfect tuning. His talent as a performer and vocalist is notable and none more so than when the band took it “down a second” with power ballad “Faithless”; a song that will no doubt birth a thousand YouTube covers.
But still, there is something lacking in ingenuity. It may be a matter of taste as admittedly the audience was fully into the upbeat saccharine love songs but with a massively over-indulgent ending to final track “Spiral”, it was all a bit too considered. No doubt Flyte will easily fill stadiums with the scale of their sound but with all the promise, they are essentially churning out pop songs with plenty of guitars and personally, its not that ground-breaking.