I have not seen THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA live before, nor have I heard their music, but when knowing that this band consists of both vocalist Björn Strid from Soilwork and bass player Sharlee D’ Angelo from Arch Enemy, I have really high expectations as I really like listening to both of those bands.
With that said, you can imagine my surprise when the band enters the stage, and I feel like I am thrown back to the 60s/70s and early 80s.
I am not saying this is a bad thing, I am just surprised… REALLY surprised.
If I thought Ethereal Kingdom had a crowded stage at the end of their show, this band has a crowded stage from the beginning!
Eight people enter the stage, and when the choir ladies/backing vocalists enter the stage in their pink flight attendant costumes, waving to the audience, I really don’t know what to think or feel. I am in shock. This NOT what I had expected.
The band starts to play and I feel myself getting caught up in their music.
This is classic rock, with a little bit of funk, a little bit of disco, and a little bit of… something else… something ordinary!
The way I am used to hearing Björn sing is not the way I am hearing him now. But I can tell that he seems to really love this. Actually, the whole band seems to enjoy doing something else than they “usually do”. And I don’t hate it!
I am getting caught up in the way they perform, the theatrical thing of it all, and mostly the way Björn sings.
He uses his voice in a different way than I am used to hearing him, and for me that just shows how multi talented this guy really is.
When I see him on stage singing, moving his hips dancing (?!) and performing this classic rock act on stage, I can totally imagine him being 8 years old, singing and performing in front of the mirror to THIS type of music.
Of course this is only my imagination running wild, but what he and the whole band are doing shows that this is just not something made “as a joke” (as I heard some people think). They are really good at this! They are entertaining!
I catch myself actually dancing to The Night Flight Orchestra’s performance, snapping my fingers, stomping my feet and making all the typical 70s dance moves.
These guys are really talented, all of them (including the ladies), but after having danced for a while, I feel it gets a bit one-sided. There is not much variation in the music, unfortunately, even though Björn makes some high pitches to spice things up, and some guitar solos that make me raise my eyebrows in admiration.
I am entertained for a while, yes, but I was hoping for something else, something more… And at the end, I am actually getting a bit bored due to the lack of variation. But the musicians are extremely talented, and that’s the reason they get a 7/10 instead of 6/10.
Sometimes the World Ain't Enough
Living for the Nighttime
Can't Be That Bad
Lovers in the Rain
West Ruth Ave
Playing Time: 60 minutes
Björn Strid -Vocals,
Sharlee D' Angelo - Bass,
David Andersson - Guitar,
Richard Larsson - Keyboards,
Jonas Källsbäck - Drums,
Sebastian Forslund - Guitar
Backing Vocals by the Airline Annas - Anna Brygård and Anna-Mia Bonde