Flying People is a band from California consisting of Richard, Alicia and Chris. Richard and Alicia are married with kids and met back in 2001. Suffice it to say they are definitely one of the most rocking couples I have heard. Their self-titled album Flying People is ’70s hard rock that seems to have influences from bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple.
I really loved the production on this album because it was fitting. The album actually sounded like it was from the ’70s. They were able to capture some of those tones we correlate with a ’70s hard rock band. The guitars have a warm crunch with no piercing frequencies. I would say the drums also have a very ’70s sound. Dry, not too much compression. It sounded great.
They open with “Your Kind” which is a-minute-and-twenty-seconds long introduction before the band starts to rock. The song is covered with white noise and moves along at a slow pace. It’s really a transition into the seven-plus-minute “Human.” Before a word is sung the band finds a couple of great groves to get down with. The vocalist sings, “All in all she's human just like you man / Human under the sky.” The song breaks down, builds back and is just a raucous good time.
“Alright Already” takes the energy down a notch and lets the fuzz rise to the top of the song. I loved the crooning cries of the lead singer on this track. It’s a great vocal performance that fits the song very well.
“Empire” was a wicked song. The Doors actually came to mind on this song espcially when he sings the line “We could break cities / Empires crying "SAVE US!""SAVE US PLEASE!"
After a shorter song entitled “Cantafordnia” the band closes with two seven-minute-plus songs entitled “Sin Suenos” and “Some Kind of Hi.” All I can say is that the band has some serious jam sessions on these songs. Kudos to the drummer for really bringing the energy to the music and knowing how to stay unpredictable. That being said the whole band just rocks and does their part.
Overall, Flying People is a great album. The flow, the song and the production all hit the right notes. Recommended.
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