Laura Copestake

Flyte @ The Magnet

It was the last day of term for most university students in Liverpool, and what better way to celebrate it then heading down to the Magnet to see London four-piece Flyte? Having seen Flyte a few years back on the Communion Music New Faces tour I knew the crowd were in for a night of top notch music.

Starting off the night were Liverpool University’s own Black Pulp. These guys have been making waves around the city music scene and impressed the growing crowd with catchy tunes such as their recent single ‘Cry Again’. Next up was Echo Beach who once again showed how vibrant and strong the Liverpool music scene is with an electric performance.

When it was time for Flyte to grace the stage the room had filled and the band were greeted to loud cheers from the crowd. Having just finished recording their album it was no surprise that the audience were treated to some of their latest songs, including ‘Echoes’ and ‘Cathy Come Home’ – my favourite song of the night. Whilst they didn’t perform any of their earlier singles such as ‘Light Me Up’ it was interesting to see the musical direction the band was going and I think the audience responded extremely positively to their new work.

Whilst the band’s new sound maintains some undertones of an indie pop vibe it has transitioned into a more chilled out sound. ‘Victoria Falls’, with its relaxing vocals and steady drum beat, was definitely a crowd favourite and had everyone moving along. As the set flowed from one song to the next there was a slight hiccup midway as their acoustic guitar broke. However, after a call out into the crowd asking if anyone had a guitar on hand they could borrow one person volunteered to fetch one, and a few songs later returned being the hero of the night.

Surrounded by a transfixed audience, Flyte ended the set in the middle of the room with the acoustic track, ‘Faithless’, which had everyone singing along delicately. Flyte put on an great performance and there’s no doubt that their album will be equally impressive.

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