Flight Brigade. The Star, Guildford **** 

Local indie band Flight Brigade gave a stunning performance to an audience largely based of loyal followers. Kicking off an energetic and impressive show was 39 Steps, followed by Housefire and Wolves.

In a 14-song set the band played songs old and new, seven tracks from the group’s 2016 debut album Our Friends Our Enemies and some new ones, including Wolves, River and Heartbreaker.

The songs are well-constructed, sometimes anthemic and sometimes quirky. The band has a vibrant chemistry onstage that comes from being together since 2010 with the same seven-strong line-up made up of two guitars, violin, two keyboards, bass and drums. This is powerful material and delivered with excellent vocals, led by Ollie, backed by Miriam and Dorry.

Flight Brigade draws the inevitable comparison with Arcade Fire which comes from the violin connection, a folk-rock influence and heavy use of synths. There are echoes of another highly regarded English indie band, Sweet Billy Pilgrim.

Standout tracks from the Star gig included U Kill Me and Brainwave which is the new single and is written about Ollie the lead singer’s brother’s epilepsy.

Flight Brigade are slick, smooth and polished. Great songs, great playing, great show. The band has a new album due in the Autumn with legendary producer Chris Porter who has worked with artists including David Bowie and George Michael. On the basis of this performance this is one to look out for. Recorded or live, this is one great band.

Chaz Brooks

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