Set to release new album, ‘Conversationalist,’ Sept. 9
CHARLOTTETOWN – Halifax, N.S., has been a Canadian indie music hub since the 1990s. From this home base, In-Flight Safety has been crafting melodic indie rock and is set to release their latest album, “Conversationalist,” on Sept. 9 via Night Danger in partnership with Fontana North.
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The band will launch a fall tour in Charlottetown at Fishbones on Friday, Sept. 5, with additional shows in other parts of the Maritimes, Ontario and Quebec before heading over to Europe for the Reeperbahn Festival in Germany and United Kingdom dates.
The U.K. release of the album is set for Sept. 16 with Conehead, one of the U.K.’s newest independent record labels, and a U.S. release date will be announced soon.
Pre-2011, In-Flight Safety was an extrovert. In 2011, the gears shifted as John Mullane (vocalist/guitarist) spent time scoring films and Glen Nicholson (drums) went to school to study architecture. As these new adventures unfolded, Mullane and Nicholson then came together to construct “Conversationalist.”
Mullane had this to say about the making of the new album: “The word conversation came up a lot while working on the record. Metaphorically the conversation is a tool, which helps in constructing something meaningful. There’s a simple beauty in a conversation. I give, you take, you give and we repeat.
“Glen and I undertook hundreds, if not thousands, of conversations in person, by text, phone, and email in order to make something that felt both new and honest. Music is a conversation. It’s not finished until someone listens.”
Inspired by contemporary bands like Wild Nothing, The Walkmen and DIIV, In-Flight Safety created an album that is true to their history, but is their most adventurous and honest. The 10 tracks on “Conversationalist” have the guitar hooks that will get stuck in your head and make you want to dance all night, but the imagery is more mysterious.
“Conversationalist,” described as “a study about beauty in opposites,” is pragmatic and ethereal, it builds and burns. “It’s a love letter and a breakup in one album,” says Mullane.