We’ve spent the last week running around the streets and bars of Manchester Fly53 style (like lunatics) shooting for our upcoming AW13 campaign. In between the models, tears and beers we kept a visual diary of of our three day mission to give you a peek behind the scenes of how we put our infamous imagery together.
Fly53 Shoot team, just arrived in Manchester.
Day 1: After a spot of breakfast (Full English) Sid’s chuffed to be up bright and early. Not. It’s fucking freezing but we’re ready to rock come rain or shine.
With a footwear range set to launch with our new season as well as a whole new collection we’ve turned the streets of Manchester into a walk-in wardrobe.
Day 2: We’re on Oxford road soaking up the graff scene in the area and using it as a backdrop to the upcoming collection.
Maybe not this wall tho?
Day 3: Jamie, Sid and photographer Mark, downstairs in the Deaf Institute Manchester.
Posted on: May 10, 2013
It’s been a while since we’ve hit you up with our best and worst releases of the week…partly because there’s been nothing released we’ve been moved enough to muster up a rate or slate for but mostly because we’ve been busy getting over excited after being invited to ‘FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women Party’ (Yeah that happened. Your jealous now right?)
Probably the best piece of news we’ve heard since, well our invite to afore mentioned party….Daft fucking Punk are back.
‘Get Lucky’, the first track lifted from their eagerly-anticipated new album, has tonnes of sex appeal. For a start Pharell, King of cool is the singer of choice, ”She’s up all night ’til the sun/ I’m up all night to get some/ She’s up all night for good fun/ I’m up all night to get lucky,” he croons over a tune that you can’t help but tap your toes to, it’s catchy as hell.
Nile Rodgers’ slick guitar riffs and funk-drenched bass as well as the sweet sound of the piano in the back, lend the whole thing an authentic disco feel and the beat has that classic Daft Punk strut, and their vocoders have never sounded better.
As we all know (all too well) here at Fly53 HQ what goes up must come down, and this week’s hate has been a musical low of epic proportion. It probably comes as no surprise that we’re not big Beliber’s here, but his latest venture with Will I Am is really, really bad.
As for Will it’s just another in a string of bad collaborations, Britney being the last, that have left us thinking Will’s more of a guest on his own album than the guest’s themselves. It’s safe to say we won’t be rushing out to buy it any time soon. Just saying.
Posted on: April 24, 2013
Scottish electropoppers Lauren, Iain and Martin aka Chvrches formed in 2011 after leaving their retrospective careers.
Lauren was keyboardist and co-vocalist for the band Blue Sky Archives. Iain was a member of Aereogramme and The Unwinding Hours; he also wrote music for film and TV. And Martin was a live member of The Twilight Sad.
Their debut single ”The Mother We Share” received much critical acclaim with reviews like, Chvrches have “rightly caused something of a stir with their accessible yet ambitious synth angles, positioned somewhere between Robyn and The Knife” from the Guardian and this track “latches on to something inside of you and holds on with all its might until you try to shake it off. You can’t get rid of it though, and perhaps that’s a good thing (hell, it’s a fabulous thing)” from others.
Currently, working on their debut album, due late summer/early autumn this year.
Bring it on we say.
Posted on: April 23, 2013
FLY53 have crossed paths with 2013 NME Radar Winner The Child of Lov to bring an exclusive collaboration to the market. TCOL has been heating up the airwaves with his white hot new album featuring Damon Albarn and MF Doom amongst others, penned for release in April.
To celebrate FLY53 has teamed up with TCOL to provide his new single launch party with exclusive VIP tees on the night, as well as exclusive signed posters for the people that are lucky enough to attend. The single is entitled ‘FLY’ so we jumped aboard in a heartbeat.
If you didn’t get to the launch event we have released an exclusive, limited edition Graphic T-Shirt available to buy now at www.FLY53.com. These are strictly limited to 100 and will not be repeated again. They showcase the images we worked on with T.C.O.L. and his own logo, in our style. This is a chance to own a slice of history and not to be missed.
Posted on: April 10, 2013
Talented Manchester based duo Kill For Company met as 16 year old students who shared a love for real rock music. after playing in various bands together Mark and Michael witnessed other members self combust mentally and physically under the pressure of making it in the music biz and the idea of a duo was born.
The break off gave the pair the freedom to experiment with their unique self-manufactured hybrid guitar/bass and percussion. Within minutes of hearing their music we were on the phone to their management arranging an interview to find out more about the men behind the new and exciting sound.
Hey Guys, How’s it going? Give us the low down on what you’ve been up to recently?
Just signed with Longevity Records, getting busy with planning the big release of the Alternative to Living EP out on the 20th April. We’ve been concentrating mainly on a press and radio campaign and up to now has been great. We’ve been getting Airplay all over Greater Manchester to The West Coast of California.
Quick Fire Worst 3’s:
Worst 3 songs ever made?
No No Limits – 2unlimited, Candle in the wind – Elton John And anything written by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Worst 3 ways to die?
Piano dropping on your head, Guitar dropping on your head actually anything dropping on your head
Worst 3 chat up lines?
Cold out isn’t it (staring at boobs), Are you free tonight or is it going to cost me?, Could you just hold my drink while I go for a shit (never works but if it does you’ve got a keeper).
Worst 3 music industry wankers?
Simon Cowell, Simon Cowell, Simon Cowell.
Worst 3 jokes you’ve ever heard?
My mates tell me that I’m shit at telling jokes. I always punch up the fuck line, How many wives has a vicar got? Nun!, Why did the policeman go to sleep because he needed arrest.
Money’s no object you are throwing a party – Describe it to us? (Do you wake up like ‘that’ scene out of the hangover)
Mark – I would Michael wouldn’t. Michael is much more sensible than me. I’d hire one of those massive jumbo jet party planes like ones I’ve seen in films, have everyone party all the way over to somewhere like the playboy mansion (I’ve heard they have good parties there this time of year there). Drink far to much and pass out somewhere random then forget absolutely everything that happened. Then i’d find out what went on by asking Michael. He wouldn’t be happy.
Michael -I’d just find a quiet corner and read a book while keeping an eye on Mark.
Five band dream gig line up?
Loaded Message, Turrentine Jones, Mr Heart, Twisted Wheel and of course Kill For Company.
Your stranded on a desert island starving – Who do you eat first? With Ketchup or Mayo?
Mark – Definitely Michael. Although he would need a lot of ketchup as Michael isn’t the biggest guy and won’t contain many calories.
Michael – I disagree. Mark would get eaten first. Not by me tho, I’d set up a trail of pub snacks leading into a monkey cage with a cold pint in it to attract the savages, job done.
Most compromising situations you’ve ever been caught in?
Mark – Lets just say I’m so glad that I have never been filmed performing as I know that some of the things that have happened would have most certainly gone viral. An we wouldn’t want that. That’s career ending material.
In ten words tell us why people should listen to Kill For Company upcoming 5 track EP?
It showcases the power of a Duo with the Guibass.
8. How/do you think hailing from Manchester with it’s massive music scene influences your music?
Michael – The diversity of sounds, from Joy Division to Mick Hucknall, in Manchester there’s a very wide range of different sounds and styles, that’s true with the current upcoming bands in Manchester too. I think it’s caused us to have more contrast in our music than we would otherwise and encouraged us to experiment and not get bogged down with trying to stick rigidly to one style or genre for every single song.
9. What would it take for you to appear on X factor?
Mark – Not much just a gun in My hand with 4 bullets.
Michael – I agree, U
Best piece of advice anyone’s ever given you?
Mark – NO!
11. Any thanks to anyone?
FFF Friends Family and Fans.
Posted on: March 29, 2013
Infamous for long gaps between releases this Spring psychedelic folk rock Swedish trio, Elias Araya, Tobias Winterkorn, and José González aka Junip, are back.
Following the unplanned-for success of González’ solo career, the band took a five-year break between first EP ((Black Refuge at the end of 2005) and September 2010s second album ‘Fields,’ but boy was it worth the wait.
Two years later, December 2012 saw the guys announce yet another long awaited come back – the release of upcoming new self titled album in April 2013.
‘Line Of Fire’ the first piece of new material from the album was unveiled to the crowd at a live show in Dortmund, Germany in May last year and gave a glimpse of the album as the band’s heaviest material to date, with strong psychedelic influences rooted in folk-rock.
Posted on: March 27, 2013
We’re at it again, this weekend we’re throwing another epic in store event – this time landing in High Wycombe.
Pop down to see us this Saturday 23rd 12-5, get down and dirty to the beats of DJ Logik, Savvy and Matt Newcombe and get 10% off all Fly53 threads all weekend long.
Posted on: March 22, 2013
Just a bit excited for this tonight….
Launch party of new artist on the bloc, NME award winner – The Child of Lov’s killer new single ‘FLY’ at the legendary Notting Hill Arts Club.
We’ve custom printed exclusive tee’s for the event and will be wrapping them round the likes of special guests Two Inch Punch, Moroka, Iron Fingaz, Rejjie Snow, Rosie Lowe, Art Daley, Con+Kwake and more…
Posted on: March 21, 2013
Despite popular belief no one from (new kids on the block band) ‘Eliza and the Bear’ is called Eliza… or Bear (which was disappointing for obvious reasons) in fact, refreshingly the name comes from a collection of poems by Eleanor Rees of which the entire band were fans.
After announcing they’d be playing at one of our favourite festivals of the summer (TGE), we caught up with the guys producing the coolest sounds in folk pop/ folk rock since The Lumineers to find out what any sane interviewer would want to know.. their three favourite swear words.
Hey Guys how’s it going? Give us the low down on what you’ve been up to recently?
We have been writing and recording recently as well as gearing up for our run of headline shows that starts on the 25th of Feb
Quick fire Top 3’s:
Top 3 One hit wonders?
Mr Oizo – Flat beat
Baz Lurhman — Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen
Vanilla – No Way No Way (That had to be in there because its a miracle hit!)
Top 3 Favorite bands right now?
Little comets, The Head and the Heart and Peace.
Top 3 Worst haircuts?
Easy, my own, our piano player and Donald Trump (Sorry D)
Top 3 Favorite swear words?
I like extended swears like: Shit-the-bed, Fuck-a-duck and simply.. Bastard.
Can you tell us a bit about how you came up withthe name - we know no one in the band is called Eliza and we’re assuming no one is called Bear either(although we hope we’re wrong)?
No Eliza’s or Bears. Although some of us can sound like bears in the morning (Callie) . The name came from a collection of poems we all loved by Eleanor Rees, we dropped her an email and she let us use it!
TGE Festival has already announced you’ll be playing this year. Any other festivals in the pipeline? Is there any in particular you’d love to play?
Plenty of festivals coming up for us, none of which i’m allowed to mention yet! We all love festivals like Green Man, thats one we would love to play.
An asteroid is heading towards earth, you’ve got 1 day left to leave your mark on the world – What goes down?
Maybe a quick collab with Rihanna or Kanye, one last song to bid farewell to life.
If you could play with any one music legend dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I’d love to play with Springsteen. The man is a machine, he has energy that knows no bounds.
Some critics have compared your sound to Mumford and Sons, how do you feel about that comparison?
It can’t be that bad being compared to Mumford and Sons. Obviously you want your own sound but everyone will draw comparisons to one band or another.
Best piece of advice anyone’s ever given you?
Always put my boxers on before my jeans
You’re on board a sinking boat, to ensure your survival either one of you has to jump out or all of your instruments must be dumped overboard…What do you do?
Can we buy new instruments? Can the jumping member swim well? What are his chances of survival if he has to jump? These are all vital questions that have to be covered before making any hasty decisions.
Any thanks to anyone?
You guys! and anyone else who has helped us out along the way!