In-Flight Safety

In-Flight Safety

 Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAN
BandRockIndie

Conversationalist was built, literally and figuratively, on the backs of thousands
of conversations between Mullane and Nicholson. inspired by contemporary bands like Wild Nothing, The Walkmen and Diiv, In-Flight Safety created an album that is true to their history, but their most adventurous and honest.

Biography

Halifax, Nova Scotia is a coastal city – a Canadian indie music hub since the 1990’s, nestled among ragged shorelines of the Atlantic Ocean.  From this home base, In-Flight Safety has been crafting thoughtful, melodic indie rock that’s made its way across North America and Europe.  

There’s been a lot of praise and accolades over the years, from television placements to awards, but the band still had growing to do.  From The Coast is Clear (2006) to We Are an Empire, My Dear (2009), In-Flight Safety was building a solid fan-base in North America, the UK and Germany.  Whether it was a performance on BBC Radio in London or a SXSW showcase, the band was outwardly focused during those years, playing copious shows and making new music for their fans.

Pre-2011 In-Flight Safety was by all accounts an extrovert. In 2011, the gears shifted. John Mullane (vocals/guitars) spent time scoring films and Glen Nicholson (drums) went to school to study architecture. At a glance the band had a record’s worth of new material ready to go. “At the end of 2011, I listened all our demos but all I saw was trees. No forest. I called Glen and was totally honest. To me, that’s when we started working on the album – during that conversation,” says Mullane.

From this introspection, confidence and maturity, Mullane and Nicholson came together to construct Conversationalist.  It was built, literally and figuratively, on the backs of thousands of conversations between Mullane and Nicholson. Inspired by contemporary bands like Wild Nothing, The Walkmen and DIIV, In-Flight Safety created an album that is true to their history, but their most adventurous and honest. “There’s a celebratory feeling in the new songs. If we have a playful side, it’s on this album,” says Mullane.

 The ten tracks on Conversationalist balance the light and the dark that is In-Flight Safety. You’ve got guitar hooks that will get stuck in your head and make you want to dance all night, but the imagery is more mysterious.  It can be raw and haunting, but always uplifting with rich, thoughtful production that’s anything but indie. Mixed by Gus van Go (The Stills, Hollerado) in Brooklyn NY, Conversationalist is crafted with meticulous attention to detail.  There’s beauty in opposites and this record is both pragmatic and ethereal, it builds and burns, leaving you wanting more. It’s a love letter and a breakup in one album. 

But even introverts need to get out. Conversationalist will be released late summer 2014 (tour dates to follow) and In-Flight Safety will head out on the road, crossing oceans and continents. It's good to talk.

 

Lyrics

Model Homes (We Are An Empire My Dear)

Written By: John Mullane

I need to be alone
I need to be alone
I don’t need to be with someone
I don’t need to join the swarm

And everywhere you look out
Like two birds that lose their form
They’re blocking all the streetcars
They’re holding up our phones

If it leaves a bad taste
You need to wash it down
If you built a model home
Just burn it to the ground
I refuse to show my good side
In no place to call my own
It’s no home, no no, no no

Can you smell disaster
Can you feel it in your bones
I don’t feel like I’m her lover
And I don’t recognize her throne

It’s her own investigation
A trial put on for cats
I’m not the one to feel so selfish
But there’s no way this one will last

If it leaves a bad taste
You need to wash it down
If you built a model home
Just burn it to the ground
I refuse to show my good side
In no place to call my own
It’s no home, no no, no no

If it leaves a bad taste
You need to wash it down
If you built a model home
Just burn it to the ground
I refuse to show my good side
In no place to call my own
It’s no home, no no, no no

No home, no home, no, no, no, no
No home, no home, no, no, no, no

Amy Racina (We Are An Empire My Dear)

Written By: John Mullane

If not for the holy ghost
If not for the rescue team
I’m gonna make it back
I’m gonna make it home

If not for the landslide
How bout for all man kind
How bout for all man kind

I’ll not
Die here

If not for a miracle
If not for the long way down
I’m gonna make it back
I’m gonna make it home


If not for the landslide
How bout for all man kind
How bout for all man kind

I’ll not, I’ll not
I’ll not, I’ll not
Die here
Die here

Coast Is Clear (The Coast Is Clear)

Written By: John Mullane

There’s love in the air
But your feet, they’re on the ground
You’re running out of time
I guess you’ll have to lose to find

Oh it’s such a shame, this game
Of hearts and placing blame
On the prevailing winds
That take you far from him

Now…
My love, oh yeah,
Is not enough

Though my heart aches
Through the lull of the waves
Young men are lost at sea
With just a lone casualty

Oh the great escape, you made
Turned out a big mistake
When you left me here
On the shoreline dear

Now…
My love, oh yeah
Is not enough
My love, oh yeah
Is not enough

You came a then along
To say your peace
But have no fear
The coast is clear

You came a then along
To say your peace
But you won’t look down
To see beneath

And you sang a tune
To make me smile
Have no fear
The coast is clear

Have no fear
The coast is clear

Discography

Conversationalist
Released 2014
Night Danger/Fontana North

We Are An Empire My Dear
Released 2009
Night Danger/Outside Music

The Coast Is Clear
Released 2006
Dead Daisy/Outside Music

Vacation Land
Released 2003
Independent/Universal Music Canada