Nova Scotian group In-Flight Safety (John Mullane and Glen Nicholson) are readying themselves for the release of their fourth album, Conversationalist. Ahead of its release, we caught up with the band to discuss exploring new musical ideas, American indie bands, and being masters of Street Fighter II — enjoy! Conversationalist will be out on September 9th, pre-order the album here.
AMBY: Welcome to our site, In-Flight Safety! To get acquainted, how would you describe each member of the band in one word?
In-Flight Safety: Thank you! John – Neurotic, Glen – Dr. Badtimes, Chris – Bear, Matt – Young Tom Cruise
AMBY: Which three songs are the quintessential In-Flight Safety?
In-Flight Safety: At the moment: Model Homes, Destroy, Animals. Those sum up the past couple of years well.
AMBY: You soon release your new record Conversationalist, congrats! What was one of the highlights you had while creating it?
In-Flight Safety: One of the biggest highlights for me was finding the creative freedom again to explore new musical ideas. We found ourselves with a lot of time and space; we had been off the road for a little while. That freedom helped me reconnect with the art of making music. Recording felt fresh and new again. I think you can hear that on the record.
AMBY: What influences can be found on the new album that might not be apparent to a listener?
In-Flight Safety: We found ourselves referencing a lot of current American indie bands. Bands like DIIV, The Walkmen, Wild Nothing, Lord Huron, Local Natives, Washed Out, and a few acts from the 80s and early 90s such as REM, The Smiths, War era-U2.
AMBY: What do you have planned to celebrate the record’s release?
In-Flight Safety: We are off on tour in Sept to celebrate the release of the record. Not sure if that’s what you mean. Personally speaking, I think Glen and I deserve a nice bottle of Scotch after all the hard work.
AMBY: When it comes to the album’s title, what’s the significance behind Conversationalist?
In-Flight Safety: I can’t be totally sure what it means. But the word popped into my head on a drive home from the studio. So I wrote it down. Later when talking with Glen I pitched it as a title. And it dawned on us how without thousands of texts, conversations, and emails there would have been no album. It was a tribute to how talking is the basis for construction. The album was like a massive building we had to build.
AMBY: If you could be a fly on the wall at any given time or event, where would you want to be?
In-Flight Safety: Maybe at a George Martin-era Beatles sessions from the mid sixties. Ooh.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about In-Flight Safety that nobody knows yet?
In-Flight Safety: I am a master at Street Fighter II on SNES. Hadouken!
Thank you In-Flight Safety, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout