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Austin, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2003 | INDIE

Austin, Texas, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2003
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"The Rite Flyers"

THE RITE FLYERS
Suffer Fools Gladly EP
www.theriteflyers.com

Gorgeous, if entirely to brief missive from veteran Austin pop combo. Now essentially a supergroup, with Fastball drummer Joey Shuffield joining singer//guitarists Steve Collier (ex-Doctors’ Mob) and john Clayton (ex-Balloonatic), and bassist Steven Thomas Hall (Young Heart Attack, ex-Sixteen Delux) in the line-up, the Rite Flyers strike a perfect, winsome pop chord here. The titlesong, which leads off this edition of the Pop Culture Press sampler, a spiraling, melancholy ode to a woman of a particular crucial disposition, floats on melodically puffy clouds and picture precise-perfect backing harmonies, an unshakable song. Meanwhile, “Yours Truly”, borrowing the Byrds’ “Feel a Whole Lot Better” riff, is similarly catchy, sporting a devastating hook, while Collier’s passionate lead vocal and the group’s creamy harmonies on “Sally Please” come on like a great lost Badfinger, Big Star, Shoes (insert your favorite power pop combe here) track. Exemplary.

- Luke Torn, Pop Culture Press 2008
- Pop Culture Press


"Rite Flyers - No need to throw things at them"

RITE FLYERS
No need to throw things at them


AUSTIN, TEXASJJJYOU WANT to talk first-rate pedigrees, the Rite Flyers have connections to some of Austin’s biggest and best bands of the past two decades. The group’s genealogical chart goes back all the way to key 1980s-era Austin acts including the Big Boys, Doctors’ Mob and Wild Seeds; to 90’s hit-makers Fastball; and most recently to modern-day hipsters Spoon.
But family trees don’t count for nearly as much as how the Rite Flyers sound themselves – which is really, really good. CD copies of their new independent EP Suffer Fools Gladly are printed up like old-style vinyl singles, with black grooves and a gold label; the music is similarly old-school, in the best possible way. Clocking in at a brisk 11:51, the four songs bear passing resemblance to ‘80’s-vintage psychedelic-pop bands such as Rain Parade or the Church, gliding along on catchy jingle-jangle hooks played on shimmering guitars.
At the same time, they’re not kidding about caustic undertones implied by the EP’s title. The songs contrast thorny, occasionally nasty emotions with pretty sounds. Still, that pretty pop gloriousness is what you’ll notice first and foremost. The Rite Flyers are so poppy, in fact, that they surprise people, like the guy in Austin who booked them for a radio show.
“I think he was expecting something more like Doctors’ Mob,” says guitarist Steve Collier with a laugh, referring to his old band (which had the infamous motto, “Show up drunk, show up late, or don’t show up at all”). “Doctors’ Mob always had the pop, but we played fast and loud so people wouldn’t throw things at us. This band is more about serving the song.”
The Rite Flyers grew out of Collier’s former band, the Sidehackers, in which John Clayton played bass. Clayton switched to guitar when he and Collier became co-leaders of Rite Flyers. They had a revolving-door rhythm section the first few years – Spoon frintman Britt Daniel was bassist at the Rite Flyers first-ever gig – and recorded their 2004 self-titled debut as “a duo masquerading as a band,” Clayton says. Eventually, the lineup solidified with a rhythm section of drummer Joey Shuffield (Fastball, Wild Seeds) and bassist Steven Thomas Hall, formerly of the mid-‘90’s psychedelic-pop band Sixteen Deluxe.










“We started this as a recording project to put out an album and then do a band later,” Clayton says. “Backwards, basically. But it finally feels like a real band now. We just need to work on the next album, and we’ve got plenty of songs. This EP is like a lead single, just something to get out there.”
Catchy as their songs are, it’s doubtful you’ll be hearing them on your local commercial station anytime soon, given the state of radio. But like a lot of good left-of-center bands nowadays, the Rite Flyers have picked up radio play of a sort, via hipster television. They placed two songs on the show “Veronica Mars”, a series created and produced by Rob Thomas, formerly of the Austin band Hey Zues.
“Rob’s an old friend we’ve known for a long time,” says Clayton. He asked if he could put a few songs we’d recorded in the show, and they’re on the radio in the background in a couple of scenes.”
“That’s probably helped more than anything else because people will track down every song from that show,” adds Collier. “We’ve gotten downloads from places like the Czech Republic and Brazil because of it.
Back at home, the Rite Flyers will continue plugging away. “It’s almost like a rebuilding process, since these guy’s had a long break before I joined,” says bassist Hall. “But we’re doing everything ourselves. As far as labels, we’re not going to get a deal and we’re not even trying – the ‘90’s are over. We’re excited to do it 100 percent ourselves.

- DAVID MENCONI , No Depression 2008
- No Depression


"The Rite Flyers - The Right Track"

The Rite Flyers
“Suffer Fools Gladly” (Independent 2008)
The right track

Until The Rite Flyers full length sophomore release is out we’ll have to make do with this four tracker, which is a crying shame because on this evidence these Austin Texas boys are on to something rather good. It’s a nigh on perfect Americana/sunshine pop amalgam which will burrow its way into your brain quicker than meningitis. And it won’t leave either – the title track has been bugging me (in a good way) since I first played it – and I’ve played it lots believe me. Acoustic strum-alongs, perfectly paced and with upper register vocals to die for make these blokes the natural successors to The Jayhawks (indeed Gary Louris would give his eye teeth to making anything as good as this nowadays). But only a four track taster…what on earth are they gonna do with twelve tracks?? Should be a whole load of fun finding out.


- Paul Villers, AmericanaUK.com 2008
- AmericanaUK.com


Discography

"Suffer Fools Gladly"
Words & Music by John Clayton/Steve Collier
Pop Culture Press SXSW Sampler
PCP Records 2008

THE RITE FLYERS
Debut Album
The Paisley Pop Label 2003

THE RITE FLYERS
Suffer Fools Gladly EP
Irrigation Machine Records 2008

KUT LIVE SET 02/28/08
http://kut.org/items/show/11739

"Liars' Club Cathedral"
Words & Music by John Clayton
Appeared in WB TV show VERONICA MARS
WB Network 2007

"I'm in a Way"
Words & Music by John Clayton
Appeared in WB TV show VERONICA MARS
WB Network 2006

"Me and the Bean"
Words & Music by John Clayton
Released by Spoon on "Girls Can Tell"
Merge Records 1995
ROCKSMITH Video Game
Ubisoft 2012

"Fortune Cookie"
Words & Music by John Clayton
Knack Home grown Vol 3, 1995

"Tune To You"

Words & Music by John Clayton

VERONICA MARS Movie 2013


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THE RITE FLYERS

The Rite Flyers, from Austin Texas practice several styles all loosely orbiting the same power-pop nucleus: snappy electric rockers, plaintive acoustic odes and fuzz-clouded squalls. Songs that positively vibrate with the sort of chipper melodic energy that suggests they could crank out a hummable tune or three before their second cup of morning coffee.

The Rite Flyers consist of Steve Collier, who led perhaps Austin’s most raucous, fiery guitar band of the `80s - Doctor’s Mob; John Clayton, key member and songwriter for Balloonatic, a psychedelic wonder brimming with unforgettable songs; newest members from the legendary Austin band The Wannabes, Jennings Crawford and Thad Swiderski. Former Rite Flyers alumni also include Brit Daniel, Josh Zarbo and Jim Eno from Spoon, Terri Lord (Sincola), Stephen Hall (Sixteen Deluxe) and Joey Shuffield (Fastball)

Recently, The Rites placed “Suffer Fools Gladly” on the ABC show CUPID and had two songs, “I’m in a Way” and “Liars Club Cathederal” featured in episodes of VERONICA MARS on the UPN Network. Their song “Me and the Bean” was covered released by Spoon on their indie break through GIRLS CAN TELL (Merge Records, 1998) and is featured in the video game ROCKSMITH (Ubisoft 2011).

“Songs filled with deep, resonant emotion that evokes the spirits of The Windbreakers, Pernice Brothers, The dB`s, Uncle Tupelo, Let’s Active and Guided By Voices. Translation: this is incredible!”
- Chris Grey, THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE

“It’s that point where many different Americana influences merge, with just a pinch of country, and a third element of submerged spirituality that’s hard to define… Although there’s still a tinge of Texas twang in the vocals, songs such as the aggressive “Jill Stood Still” and “Politics of Misery” and “I Want To Tell You How I Feel” show a band more in line with where a garagey Guided By Voices meets the early Who and Beatles.”
–Jack Rabid, THE BIG TAKEOVER

“The Rite Flyers remind you of everything that's important about pop music - immediacy, unfettered melodicism, lyrical acuity, and instrumental flourishes painting each song with a hard-won emotional complexity.”
-Luke Torn, POP CULTURE PRESS

“Acoustic strum-alongs, perfectly paced and with upper register vocals to die for make these blokes the natural successors to The Jayhawks (indeed Gary Louris would give his eye teeth to making anything as good as this nowadays). But only a four track taster…what on earth are they gonna do with twelve tracks?? Should be a whole load of fun finding out.”
-Paul Villars, AMERICANA UK

“They’re not kidding about the caustic undertones implied by the EP’s title, SUFFER FOOLS GLADLY. The songs contrast thorny, occasionally nasty emotions with pretty sounds. Still, that pretty pop gloriousness is what you’ll notice first and foremost.”
-David Menconi, NO DEPRESSION

Discography-
THE RITE FLYERS (The Paisley Pop Label, 2004)
SUFFER FOOLS GLADLY (Irrigation Machine Records 2008)

For more information contact jclayton@austin.rr.com
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For info concerning The Rite Flyers, go to www.myspace.com/theriteflyers or visit The Rite Flyers’ official website at www.theriteflyers.com

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