A few weeks ago, I got the chance to review the second effort by the band Flight called A Leap Through Matter. As someone who almost primarily focuses on reviews and classic anniversaries, I was honored when I found out the band was willing to be interviewed for the Vault. For those who didn’t catch my write-up a few weeks back, A Leap Through Matter is easily one of the greatest records I’ve heard this year, and there isn’t a single flaw about it in my eyes. Those who dig classic rock, classic metal, and prog elements all mixed together would surely love Flight.
So, my jibber jabber about how great this is aside, let’s cut the bullshit and get to it. This interview focuses primarily on the background of the band, origins, what influenced them, and how the songs on the current record came to be.
Indy Metal Vault: Hello! I’d first like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to ask a few questions for our Vault readers. A lot of upcoming bands are throwing back to old school styles, with traditional heavy metal and speed metal roots. One of the biggest things that I’ve noticed with A Leap Through Matter is that it goes even deeper than that, and almost combines this with a more proto-metal or ’70s hard rock throwback. Was this an intentional goal that was in mind, or did you guys just get together, start playing, and this was how it turned out? In other words, what were the biggest things that drove this style?
Christoffer Bråthen: Hey! It was definitely an intentional effort on my part, and I have a lot of newer material made after the songs that made it on to ALTM that is way more 70’s in style (some of my songs on this album were written as far back as 2012, so we never “caught up” to the newest Flight material I had made). Our style has not been to jam out the songs anyway – almost everything has been made beforehand by either Jonas or me, and then we work out the details while rehearsing together. As for the reasons why we shift more to the older direction than the newer, I simply enjoy older music (from the 60’s and 70’s) more than the newer stuff. I generally feel that I have more to contribute with – musically speaking – in that area, more progressive-minded, “secret melody”-seeking, wanting to express a certain atmosphere that is musically reminiscent of 70’s prog and hard rock fusion. I’ve also been influenced by library music from the 70’s, which has a lot of songs that can actually foster pretty heavy hard hard-rock riffs if you just listen for it – and if you’re open for it. As for the band in general, we all love Rush, Winterhawk, Dust, and many more classic prog-bands from the 70’s, so it seems like it was a natural direction to head in.
IMV: Something that struck me as interesting was the simplicity of the band name. How did you guys come up with “Flight”?
IMV: I understand that the band has been together for over five years. How did you guys come together as a group and decide to start playing music together? What’s the story behind the formation of Flight?
IMV: A lot of the songs here contain such a smooth flow and have the perfect amount of harmony as well as intricate guitar solo placement. Is this difficult to reproduce live? Do you try to make live shows match the studio tracks, or is it a completely different energy on stage?
IMV: On the other hand, was it difficult to record and engineer the album to make it sound the way it does? I’m always curious about the gear and the time that it took to make.
IMV: Looking at the debut album, I noticed that it has a bit more of a stripped down formula than the new record. What made you want to touch it up a bit and give it a more accessible sound that is present on A Leap Through Matter?
IMV: I’ve noticed that the tracks have a more story-oriented theme, rather coming from personal life. What inspired the lyric writing here? Did something from your actual lives inspire these lyrics?