Wales seems to be a Utopia for harboring some of the best talent from this tiny Island of ours, what ever is in the water in the valleys seems to create some fantastic music. This three-piece named Stars And Flights are the next band to follow in the same vain, with their brand new album Moral Colour producing some quite exciting moments. We had the chance to sit down and interview the dudes from the band about their debut album, coming from the Welsh music scene and being compared to the likes of Biffy Clyro.
HTF: Hey guys, thanks for chatting with us, you are currently gearing up to release your brand new album Moral Colour, excited for the world to hear it?
Stars and Flights: We can’t wait. We’ve spent so long writing these songs, rehearsing them and getting everything ready for the release, and it’s going to be quality to finally get the album out to everyone, and to try and reach some new ears.
HTF: What can we expect from this latest release, what have you guys tried to do differently here?
S&F: I definitely feel like Moral Colour’s got a more ‘mature’ sound than our previous releases – I know everyone says that, but I genuinely think it does. The songs are more concise and focussed, and I think we’ve got better at knowing when to drop some of the more complicated riffs in. The lyrics are a bit more interesting than previous stuff too; the album covers a pretty wide range of topics, but they all have a central theme.
HTF: As a three piece, some have come to compare you to the likes of Biffy Clyro, how does it feel to be compared to bands like that already?
S&F: It’s flattering. Any time you get compared to a band you look up to or listened to when you were younger, it’s flattering. The fact that our music can make people think of bands like Biffy is pretty cool!
HTF: Obviously its great to be compared, but what do you do to try and make your sound new and different?
S&F: I think it’s just a case of combining all of our influences into a single sound, rather than saying, “The chorus sounds like Biffy, the verse sounds like Pearl Jam, the bridge is like Coheed…” or whatever. We generally try and stay away from clichÃƒ©s, and we try not to limit ourselves. Another one is, and it’s a small thing, singing with a bit of a Welsh accent!
HTF: What do you hope to achieve with the release of this album?
S&F: We really just want to get our music to as many people as we possibly can, and hopefully this album is the record that’ll let us do that. We want to play as many shows as possible in as many places as possible. We’re really proud of this record, and ultimately we want it to resonate with as people as possible.
HTF: Musically and personally what inspires you guys to sit down and write music of your own?
S&F: Aside from our musical influences, one of the biggest sources of inspiration for me is our UK rock contemporaries. There seems to be a constant stream of quality releases coming from the UK and it really just makes us want to push ourselves and do the best we can. I’d say the UK rock scene’s in a pretty good place right now.
HTF: What is the best thing about being in Stars and Flights?
S&F: For me personally, it’s got to be travelling around playing live. I just love playing shows, and to be able to do that while seeing new places is quality. That, and the fact that you’re essentially just pissing about with your mates all the time.
HTF: Wales seems to be a utopia for alternative rock bands, how does it feel to be a part of that and fly the flag?
S&F: It’s very flattering to be considered a part of it at all! It’s exciting; there are bands like Straight Lines and Caesars Rome (and many more) doing really cool stuff, and it’s awesome having good new music released by different bands pretty frequently. I think the quality overall is pretty high, so it’s gratifying to be put in the same conversation as those kinds of bands.
HTF: What bands do you look up to as inspiration, which band would you love to emulate?
S&F: There are two bands we always talk about – Coheed & Cambria and Every Time I Die. Both have got dedicated cult fanbases that they connect with really well through their releases. The scale that Coheed’s music works on is inspiring, and they’ve achieved success without gimmicks and writing music they want to play, on their own terms. I suppose some would consider the sci-fi story a gimmick, but to me, they’re just doing what they want to do. Every Time I Die are ridiculously hard-working, and that’s hugely inspiring. They’re another band who avoid clichÃƒ©s and gimmicks and have done well. They also put out consistently good records. All these things are really inspiring, and are qualities we want to emulate. I’m sure there’s more but they’re what comes to mind first!
HTF: What was the first ever album you bought?
S&F: The first album I ever owned was by Steps, the one with ‘5, 6, 7, 8’ on. I think I had the S Club 7 album at the same time too. The first single I bought with my own money was ‘Dilemma’ by Nelly and Kelly Rowland, which is still a big tune. The first album I had that had a big impact on me was ‘All Killer No Filler’ by Sum 41. I still listen to it sometimes; it’s got massive nostalgia value!