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Red Eye Flights destined for ascension with debut

Submitted by on August 6, 2014 – 12:27 pmNo Comment

REF01 (1 of 1) copyThe Greater Toronto Area has historically been a melting pot of sorts when it comes to music. Some bands are easy to define, while others blur genre lines and create their own sound. Red Eye Flights is one of those bands.

It started as a solo folk project by Port Perry native, Samuel Bennett and has since morphed into a folk/alternative/funk hybrid with the addition of bassist Brett Whyte and Matt Monk on drums.

After laying low and playing live shows throughout 2013 establishing a name in the Toronto pub circuit, the band decided to head to the studio.  The result of this process is the debut, self-titled, EP out on August 8.  What’s clear from the beginning is that this is a band here to impress.

“Business as Usual” starts us off, and it’s a mix of funk bass and upbeat guitar. At times, the tempo is almost ska-like, but then it slides into a more melodic chorus. One of the lyrics “for the first time in my life I feel alive” is a good precursor to the rest of the EP. You can begin to gather the pulse of the band, and it’s something different.

“Stolen Time” slides in next, with an almost Primus like bass line.  It’s a thoughtful look at the human condition, framed with a tune that builds a picture of angst almost. But in a good way. It’s easy to see why the band has chosen this for their first single. It’s complex and catchy.

“Set Free” blasts in next, an almost punk-like anthem. With much more of a folk-feel than the other songs, it’s a really interesting change in pace. The chorus starts with “I’m up in this tower for the whole world to see” and in many ways that’s indicative of the song. Just when you thought you had Red Eye Flights figured out they keep you guessing.

“An Explanation” leans more towards a ballad, with the tempo slowing substantially.  It’s a touching tribute to love, and the wish for another to be happy.

Red Eye Flights ends their EP with “No One to Carry Us.”  It’s the tale of feeling abandoned and alone despite the so called comforts of big city life.  It’s almost a perfect way to end the album as Sam sings about the need to move on and find a place to grow.

Red Eye Flights is a band with a lot of potential, and I can only hope they remain in flight.

Review by Brian Talmey

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