May dispatch

Our remix of Maiian’s ‘Sionara’ was played out on BBC 6Music last Saturday by the lovely Nemone on her Electric Ladyland show. The remix comes in around 1:30, mixed in from the previous track. Here’s the show link http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b079cpkr

The track comes from a new compilation by Oxford’s We Do Not Have A Dinosaur showcasing the best local electronica. Profits from the album will be split between Helen and Douglas house (www.helenanddouglas.org.uk) and The Oxford Foodbank (oxfordfoodbank.org). It’s a great compilation and only a fiver, go get it!

April Dispatch

Gigs this month! For the Shakespeare anniversary this April we’re taking part in the Food of Love project, an album collecting Shakespeare-related songs by Dead Rat Orchestra, David Thomas Broughton, Thomas Truax, us and many more. The album is being released across three gigs (click dates for Facebook events): Oxford on Friday 22 AprilLondon on Sunday 24 April and Bard ground zero Stratford on Thursday 28 April. Ruffs optional.

food of love cover

March Dispatch

Our tune Embers features in a way-cool sound visualisation app created by amazing artist/scientist/futurist (and friend of ours) Benjamin Outram. For VR fans it’s also compatible with headsets including Google Cardboard.

Get it FREE for iPhone/iPad, Mac, Windows via http://www.benjaminoutram.com/#/virtual-reality-music-visualisation/.

For Android go https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.BenjaminOutram.SpectrumVR (work in progress).

Take a while to roam around Ben’s site, there’s lots to inspire and enjoy: http://www.benjaminoutram.com

February Dispatch

Thanks so much! to everyone who came to our recent Badger Promotions gig at The Cellar and made it such a delight. After paying the venue and the other bands we made enough money to finish our album and cover some of the duplication costs, so we are massively grateful for the turn-out. Here’s a photo by the lovely Helen Messenger (facebook.com/helenmessengerphotography).

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Our Bandcamp discography is also now available at 10% off, so that’s singles Factory, Succubus and Star//Crows for just £5.40 or more if you’re feeling generous. Ciao for now, keep on dronin’ xox

January dispatch

Tickets for our gig Friday 5th February The Cellar, Oxford:
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/343473
Why not join the Facebook event too?:
https://www.facebook.com/events/942404429148463/

Happy new year folks! It’s wild and wintry here, which ‘Wind In The Willows’ makes me think is weather for badgers:

Brilliant isn’t it?! Please do share it around. So yep we’re playing on Friday 5th February at one of our favourite venues The Cellar in Oxford. £6 advance, £7 on the door. Getcha tickets from WeGotTickets now, and join the Facebook event.

Support comes from the fantastic Kone (ex-Youthmovies) and Egrets; click their names to get a taste.

Many thanks to our mate Liam Martin for making the video.

December dispatch

Winter brings sorrows and much joy. The bombs falling in Syria are a pertinent reminder of the savage, despicable self-interest at the heart of our dictatorial political framework. Not in our name. And the people who support it have either been brainwashed beyond use of their rational and empathetic minds, or are making such grotesque financial/political profits that the widespread bloodshed of innocent Syrian bystanders doesn’t even register as a hurdle to their ill-gotten gains. Not in our name.

On the plus side, we have art, beauty, sex, love, and much joy still. We were honoured and privileged to have performed a special set of our own material and christmas themed covers at the Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot on 4th Dec. The major difference in our setup was me (Seb) playing acoustic piano, as opposed to my normal array of synths, effects, sounds and drones. It’s fascinating how the shift from our normal mechanics opens up our hearts and minds to new ways of imagining established material, and opens up space for more of an improvised approach to certain pieces. We are keen to try recording some of the material in this style, watch this space.

Talking of recording, our debut, still untitled, album is finally coming to completion. Our genius engineer/producer/mentor Mr Richard Neuberg has done a spectacular job of making sense of our lunacy, and the fruit of our labours will be shared at some point in 2016.

We are next performing at Modern Art Oxford this Sunday 13th Dec, as part of basementTV: The Set. Apparently it is being live streamed on the internet, so you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. Wonders of the ‘Modern Age’. https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/basement-tv-performance-the-set/

Have a great Christmas, and we will be in touch in the New Year with news of gigs for 2016.

All the best and much love

Seb + Flights of Helios

PS. We recorded our contribution to next year’s Shakespeare anniversary album at SAE Oxford in late November. Here are some photos of us with our gadgets. Entitled ‘Food of Love‘, the album will be released in April with a number of live dates.

November dispatch

Welcome to the beginning of winter. Remember you are not a lizard and celebrate coffee and rosy cheeked women.

We featured on a playlist put together by Pindrop Publicity, check it out here, lots of lovely sounds.

We’ve been invited to take part in ‘Food of Love’, an album of Bard-related songs for the Shakespeare Jubilee festival in April 2016. Our piece is based on ‘I Loathe That I Did Love’, a poem quoted by misery gums himself Hamlet. Also in the pipeline are new songs possibly entitled ‘hey there, my sweet ostinato’ and ‘standards won’t keep you warm at night’.

Only one gig last month, at the Finsbury with Business Lunch, a wild Fall-style groove racket band with a wonderfully demented frontman, check them out. Our next and currently final gig of the year is an acoustic one at Cornerstone Theatre in Didcot on Friday 4th December. Bring sleighbells.

‘Til next time, drone on people

factory remixes and festival shows

Dear readers, summer has come and we are cracking on with finishing off our as-yet untitled debut album, you’ve got to get these things right. We’ve also got a single in the offing, and the aforementioned EP all in the pot, we’ll be sure to keep you posted on forthcoming new recording release vibes. In the meantime enjoy these ace remixes that friends and acquaintances of the band have done of our previous single Factory:

We are getting together to make noise on a weekly basis and have some brand new bangerz to share with you soon. We also have a couple of select live dates in the diary, with a few more in the pipeline:

Saturday 25th July, 3:30pm @ Charlbury Riverside Festival
Saturday 1st August @ Cornerstone Beer Festival, Didcot

To keep an eye out for more gigs you can track us on Songkick.

So there we go, now you know what’s what. Until the next time, have a nice time.

Best

Seb + FoH x x

Hello the internet

615127_923042804388629_5098674684602105249_o1.jpgIt’s been a while, how’ve you been? We have been busy bees following our appearance at Glastonbury Festival 2014 for BBC Introducing.  Here were are stood next to our crashed rocket in which we arrived at the festival. Too many loop-de-loops, awkward.

Our debut album is close (so close!) to being to be finished after many a session with lovely lovely engineer Richard Neuberg. The album is very excitable but has a deep, cosmic underbelly, kind of like a psychedelic Labrador. Cads that we are, we’ve also been fooling around at SAE Oxford recording a little EP of sensuous new songs including new bang-ah ‘Magpie’ which we’ll also be sneaking out soon. Here are Krazi and Phil contradicting the whole rock-pig studio life cliché by reading attentively. IMG_2768

On April 10th 2015 we did our third sold-out – that’s right, sold out, just sayin’ – performance of our live soundtrack to oldest surviving feature-length animation ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’ at Modern Art Oxford. We’re taking bookings for this refined and transporting piece so head straight to our Achmed page if it sounds like a good fit for your venue or event. Did we mention the shows were sold out? They were sold out.

As well as a load of full-on live and festival gigs we’ve also done a few stripped-down affairs for folks like, well, Irregular Folk which have gone swimmingly. If you’re interested in booking Flights of Helios for your event be it club gig, college ball, proposal of marriage, intervention, birth of first child, new employee induction session etc we can tailor our setup to your needs. Get in touch now via band@flightsofhelios.co.uk.

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Singles compilation CD

We’re selling a limited-run of CDs compiling our singles Star, Crows, Factory and Succubus plus remixes, all of which were up until now only available via download. It’s a really sweet little body of work.FoH-suc-fac-4spread (1)Featuring:

  1. Palemoonlight (tape edit Succubus remix)
  2. Succubus
  3. Factory
  4. Star
  5. Crows (Crowstep remix)
  6. Factory (After The Thought remix)

Price is five English pounds. We have a few left which you can pick up at gigs or if you’d like us to post one out drop us an email at band@flightsofhelios.co.uk.