Exclusive Interview With Bradford Experimental Pop Rockers: Fling

 

Imagine the glam rock style and charisma of Bowie and Bolan, the punk attitude of Iggy Pop, the experimental pop sensibilities of Zappa and Captain Beefheart, and both the weird and psychedelic sides of The Beatles, and you might end up with something a bit like Fling.

Fling are a five-piece band from Bradford, UK and they just released their new single, “Lookin’ Outta My Window” with an accompanying music video.

The band has released two EPs, Orange and Magical, as well as a few other songs here and there on their SoundCloud page. A few months ago, I heard their stuff for the first time and I was really intrigued by their sound and kept their name in the back of my head.

Once I started putting together my schedule of bands to go see at this year’s Live At Leeds Festival, it was a no brainer that I had to check them out. I went down to the venue, thinking it was going to be a good show, and left thinking that they’re one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen.

It felt like all of the members of the band were their own characters from a different planet, but when they all come together, it makes so much sense. From what I remember, frontman, Charles McSorley was wearing a bright orange suit (think Jim Carrey’s famous suit from Dumb And Dumber), their drummer, Billy Fielding wore a bowler hat with a big yellow sunflower on top, and bassist, Jake Lees was wearing oversized, bug-eyed sunglasses.

One of the reasons I loved the show so much was that the band are big on backing vocals, so the whole gig felt like a huge, fun sing-along. Fling gave off so much pure energy, spontaneity, and happiness and it only made their already catchy songs so much more contagious. I don’t think anyone left that gig without a big smile on their face.

Fling are Charles McSorley (lead vocals), Jack Winn (guitar, vocals), Jake Lees (bass, vocals), Billy Fielding (drums, backing vocals), and Sam Malynowsky (keyboards).

I was able to talk to Fling about their musical and style influences, their new single, plans for their debut album, and what’s next for the band for the rest of the year.

How long have you guys been playing with this current lineup?

With this current lineup, we’ve been playing for roughly 4 months, but we’ve all been good friends for years.

Does the band have any shared influences or favorite albums that you continue to take inspiration from?

I think we all share the love of the classics, pretty much any Beatles, The Clash, David Bowie, The Sex Pistols, The Kinks, Oasis and other such artists’ albums constantly inspire us and will do forever I think. Just all the good stuff basically.

What are some of the standout moments of your time as a band so far?

Well, Live At Leeds was an especially good gig but I’m sure there will be plenty more standout moments to come.

Do you think being from Bradford informed your sound in any way or would you sound the same regardless of where you’re from?

I think if we weren’t from Bradford, we would definitely not be the band that we are today, and that’s not just in terms of sound, but also our personality and general being. We wouldn’t change it for the world, we’ve heard the sounds of Liverpool, Manchester, and London over the years, now it’s Bradford’s turn!

You guys obviously care a lot about fashion and the visual aspect of music. Who are some of your favorite style icons?

Well, Jimi Hendrix always looks pretty damn cool. David Bowie also had many iconic looks. I think that it’s pretty much guaranteed that if we listen to their music, their style will be also something we admire.

You’ve released two EPs and several singles, the most recent being “Lookin’ Outta My Window.” Will there be more singles or EPs that come out before you start thinking about your debut album?

Yeah, we will always be releasing music until the album comes out, whether it be in single format or spontaneous videos uploaded to Facebook and what not.

“Lookin’ Outta My Window” sounds a lot more approachable than some of your other, more experimental stuff. Does it signal a new change in sound for the band or will fans still get to hear the more oddball sound of some of your other tracks?

“Lookin’ Outta My Window” is definitely one of our more approachable songs. I wouldn’t go so far to say it’s signalling a new change of direction for the band though. I think we’ll just continue to make music and express ourselves. Sometimes we feel more approachable, sometimes we don’t.

I love the new music video for “Lookin’ Outta My Window.” It really showcases all of the band members’ personalities and the playfulness of the band. Did you guys make the video yourselves?

We made the video with some help from a few good friends of ours. Tom Hinchcliffe did all the editing and piecing together of it all, as well as the animation. Our singer, Charlie helped him out a bit too. Then, the actual filming of it was done by our two friends, Sam Roberts and Cameron Harrison. It’s all actually filmed at this club in Bradford called The Underground.

I noticed that “Bad Day” was taken off SoundCloud recently. Are you planning on re-recording it? It’s definitely one of my favorite tracks.

Yeah. “Bad Day” has actually already been re-recorded, to be released properly in the not too distant future. Glad you like it.

Your Live At Leeds set was one the best performances I’ve ever seen, partially because of your stage presence and partially because the tunes are so damn catchy. It also looked like all of you were having so much fun on stage. Do you prefer playing live to writing and recording?

It’s obviously a lot of fun to play live and you do learn a lot. I wouldn’t say we preferred it to writing and recording. They are both great in different ways, salt and pepper kind of thing, we need both I think to be truly happy and to progress.

Are there any new bands that you guys are digging right now?

Well, I don’t think any of us are massively excited by contemporary music to be honest. We do always meet cool bands when we gig though.

What do you guys have planned for the rest of 2017?

The rest of 2017 will have many gigs, writing and recording sessions, and of course, more music releases. Oh and a fair share of having a good time whilst doing it.

Do you have any long-term goals for the band?

Our long term goal as a band is to just keep expressing ourselves and continuing to do what it is that we want to do. It’s great when people join in and appreciate what it is that you do, but I wouldn’t necessarily say there was one particular end goal or target. If we can move people and make people think about things, hopefully make them go out and live their lives for the good, then we are happy.


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