We emailed some questions to Steve Bevilaqua, the brains behind Flight, and he was proper aggro. Flight makes (never call it lo-fi) death (?) pop (://///). We really like it, it’s nice and lo-fi. Here’s what we salvaged from the wreckage…
Your records are very lo-fi and you make some very weird sounds. How do you approach the recording process and can you tell us about the secrets behind these sounds?
I’ll give you weird, but my records aren’t lo-fi. I have a lot of shitty gear, but I also have some nice gear. Maybe your speakers are fucked up. I set mics in front of speakers or my voice or drums and that’s that. There’s no secrets and no magic and I don’t make lo-fi music. It’s not like an accident that my shit sounds the way it does. If you’ve heard The Lead Riders you know that I’ve made a very serious attempt to get a full sound. Maybe it’s distorted, but it’s not some bullshit fake-ass genre thing that can be lumped into lo-fi.
Outside of music, where do you find the inspiration for your songs?
People, sex, drugs
What’s your hometown like? How much has it influenced your sound?
All my friends influence me and almost all of them are always making things. Like two weeks ago my friends built a deck at their house. Then last week my other friends built a really neat cage for their new pet spider named House Cat. Then like last night they were recording these really weird synth pop songs. So I don’t know, all that stuff goes into my music. I think my next song is going to be about House Cat. Also there’s a lot of shitty blues around here. That makes me really aggro so I write songs about killing all the white boy blues players. It’s funny to watch someone play blues through the nicest guitar rig god ever invented and then they just sound like one of those guitar center tutorials about 12-bar blues. Then T-Model Ford is like 7,548 years old playing through a shit Peaveywith the chorus turned on and it sounds like you’re getting your dick sucked by a host of angels. You know, that’s pretty impactful. That’s what influences me.
What is the format of your live shows?
3 guitars, a huge drumset played by an apeman who owns a bear rug. And his name is Len. Gimme a break. Game over.
Listen to FLIGHT’s The Lead Rider’s at flight.bandcamp.com