Flight From Below
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Flight From Below

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF
Band Alternative Rock


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"Flight From Below"

March 25, 2010

Genre: Alternative, Hardcore, Christian


What started as a praise band for three high school friends who didn’t even know how to play their instruments is now an alternative hardcore band with a legitimate chance to perform at this year’s Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, Illinois. Vocalist Marshall McKeller, bassist Daniel Maqueda, drummer Mark Wheat, and guitarist Trey Pierce make up Hattiesburg’s Flight From Below. Fresh off the release of their first EP “The Reconcile to Home,” the band has stayed busy playing nearly every week, in both real and “made-up” venues. See them performing tomorrow night at The Bottling Co. in support of the She Dances benefit.

The band came first, and the instruments came later?

Mark: When we started, none of us knew how to play our instruments. I had been playing the drums for about four months before the band, and Marshall didn’t even know he could sing.

Daniel: We all just kind of picked which instrument we wanted to play.

How did everyone meet?

Marshall: Mark, Daniel, and I went to school together. We wanted to start our own band that was originally called Dumpster Mermaids. (laughter)

Trey, so you’re the only one that had any previous musical experience?

Trey: Yeah. I started playing for fun when I was 13. I was really into technical progressive metal. I would sit in my room for hours and practice some really stupid stuff. The whole band thing is new to me though.

Are there any themes that keep appearing in the songs?

Marshall: My songwriting always seems to have something to do with going home. I have a knack for the “prodigal son” type story. “The Reconcile to Home” is about mending broken relationships and going back to your roots. In my situation, it’s about going back to God from running away all the time.

What are your favorite venues to play?

Marshall: We play all kinds of places but mostly “made-up” places – backyards, community centers, football fields, back porches, and we have even played a Sonic. We started out in gyms (laughter). The Hill City Warehouse out in Columbia is one of our most favorite places to play now.

There must be a good story from one of those “made up” places.

Mark: This past January, we were going to the huge metropolis of Iuka, Miss., and we had typed into our GPS the street that we were supposed to turn on. We went down this road and it turned into what we thought was the driveway. We drove for a half a mile and it turned into a 4-wheeler trail, and I’m not sure why we kept driving because the venue never appeared.

Any guilty pleasures?

Trey: I legitimately enjoyed listening to Japanese pop music at one time, and I still do a little.

Mark: When nobody is in the car with me, I will listen to Good Charlotte.

Marshall: I have two full Cradle of Filth albums on my Mac.

Daniel: I like Katy Perry. A lot.

Either dead or living, who would you like to ride the river with?

Mark: Taylor Swift. It would be like one of those canoes in Italy.

Trey: Probably Hermione Granger.

Daniel: Maybe some Pokemon.

Marshall: Gandalf the White, but not the Grey. The White is much cooler. - Blue Healer Music


Debut EP: 'The Reconciled To Home EP'
Produced by: Trey Rick
Mixed by: Trey Rick
Mastered by: Troy Glesner at Spectre Studios
Debut single: "Miserable But Worth It" (has had radio play)

Sophomore EP: 'Hypocrites Lair EP'
Produced by: Mark Wheat
Mixed by: Mark Wheat
Mastered by: Mark Wheat
Sophomore single: "Hypocrites Lair"



Flight From Below came together as young high school boys in 2008 for a school worship project aimed at engaging youth in worship on monday mornings. This ongoing project allowed the guys to come together as brothers and experiment with their growing passion for music and performance. As time passed, original songs began to formulate and in the fall of 2008, FFB recorded their debut 'Reconciled To Home EP' with producer Trey Rick and released it in January of 2009. Over the course of 2009, the band began gaining experience in both booking and marketing, seeking to build up a positive music scene in their home-town of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. In the spring of 2010, Flight From Below entered and won a spot on the Cornerstone New Band Showcase, paving the way for a summer tour that would radically change the band from the inside out. Fresh off of Cornerstone, FFB suffered dramatic member changes, financial calamity, and a general loss of hope. However, by the time Thanksgiving week rolled around, a new EP was being produced by FFB's very own Mark Wheat. Also in the works was a Christmas break tour including a two week trip to Kenya, Africa. While in Africa, FFB's new lineup was able to lead worship at a mission conference in Nairobi, preach and minister to Mossai churches, work in an orphanage, and spend two days working in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya. The day after FFB's return to the states in January of 2011, a release show was held for the Hypocrites Lair EP and started the band off on a short string of show dates before school and work began anew. As of right now, the band is preparing to release their first full length record and support it on the road this summer. Flight From Below is very excited for both the joys and trials of the year to come. All praise and Glory to Jesus Christ forever.

FFB's influences range from Anberlin, Blink-182, A Day To Remember, Mayday Parade, and Moneta, to Underoath, and Ascend the Hill.