The Halifax-based quartets’ first full-length album The Coast Is Clear exceeds all expectations. The disc is a superb cinematic pop experiment that tugs at your heartstrings upon first listen.
Starting out in Vancouver, the band began work on five tracks with producer Warne Livesey (Midnight Oil, 54-40), who took the band under his British wing for a month-long recording adventure. On their return to Halifax the band enlisted Laurence Currie (Sloan, Ghandharvas) to help bring the record towards the finish line. But, when it came time to sculpt the album into a satisfying wall of sound, In-Flight Safety opted for the hands on approach.
The groups first release, the 2003 mellow-pop gem Vacation Land, won over countless fans and critics upon release, landing the band two Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia Award nominations (Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album). The same bedroom recording helped score a green In-Flight Safety their first gig in Toronto at the NxNE Festival where the band won 2003s Fan Choice Award which led to a distribution deal with Universal Music.
The disc, which received a four NNNN/Critics Pick review in Toronto’s Now Magazine, also generated a video for the single ‘Somebody’s Watching You’ that has been featured prominently on Much Musics The Wedge and Going Coastal. The video was filmed in a 1940s movie theatre located in small town Sackville, NB where the band members met as university students who juggled computer, geography, classics and fine arts courses while quenching their insatiable desire to play music.
Now signed to Emm Gryner’s Dead Daisy Records and distributed through Outside Music, Mullane feels confident about the bands future. I don’t think there is a label in the world that will work harder for us than Dead Daisy Records, he says. Emm has supported us from day one and we know we are in good hands.
It doesn’t hurt that the band has spent the last year performing alongside some of Canada’s best independent artists. In-Flight Safety has toured with Stars, The Most Serene Repulic, and gigged with Broken Social Scene, Metric, Sam Roberts, The Constantines, Hawksley Workman, Joel Plaskett, and Matt Mays and are fast becoming one of Atlantic Canadas top draws.