In early 2017, London based quartet, Flyte, flew to Australia to work with Courtney Barnett's producer Burke Reid on their debut album. Focusing on their live performances and the band's four voices around one microphone, they took their production cues from David Bowie, Nick Drake, The Beatles and Lou Reed, lending a 'classicism to the songwriting', but still creating an 'ultimately modernist record' (Clash Magazine). The band began to form when Will Taylor (vocals, guitar) and Jon Supran (drums, vocals) started playing together age 11 at school. Later Nick Hill (bass, vocals) joined and finally Sam Berridge (keys, vocals) who they discovered singing down in the London Underground. After a video of Will and Sam covering Joni Mitchell's 'River' went viral and following their highly successful live shows, the band signed a deal with Island Records. In Autumn 2017, the band released their debut album 'The Loved Ones' to widespread acclaim, The Sunday Times calling it 'The Best British debut of the year’.
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