Live Review: Flyte

The Garage Attic, 28/05

The small crowd of around fifty people somehow manages to make The Garage’s Attic feel busy as everyone is clearly enthusiastic to spend their evening engaging with Flyte, a four-piece indie-pop band from London who tonight are supported by Candy Maps and The Twisted Melons.

Having recently returned from hibernation while recording their new album in Australia, they perform mostly newer singles such as ‘Cathy Come Home’, however they also include more known tracks like ‘Victoria Falls’. Sporting a cracking David Attenborough t-shirt, frontman Will Taylor keeps the evening light and relaxed by bringing the crowd closer to the stage and sharing short backstories to songs. Meanwhile, the venue makes the gig itself feel informal as the lack of frontiers between the stage and standing area removes the sense of separation typically felt when watching an act play.

The evening ends with the band insisting on leaving their heightened stage, opting instead to stand within the crowd to perform a rendition of ‘Faithless’, their first ever song recorded together. During this, the room is left with a chilling silence – no mics are needed, and it’s the final touch of closeness which ensured the night ended on a personal note. It’s clear that the band wants to ensure that this is a night to remember both for themselves and everyone experiencing it with them.

With an album on the way, a performance set for Latitude Festival in July, and claims made on their social media that they’ve been having too much fun to post regularly, it’s clear that Flyte will no doubt be returning for more similar intimate performances in the future.

Courtney Hughes

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