Look at your calendar. The year might say 2020. But this particular outfit flips back the pages until we’re somewhere in the 80s. Back to a time when rock bands spent lots of money on hair products and leather outfits. Back to a time when David Coverdale was king and classic rock was just rock.
The Night Flight Orchestra started in 2007 as a fun side project for Soilwork vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid and then-touring guitarist David Andersson – soon joined by bassist Sharlee D'Angelo (Arch Enemy/Witchery) – to indulge in a love for the catchiest corners of the 70s and 80s.
Imagine Swedish band Ghost, only without all the Lucifer-hailing references – and we’re closing in on the expression that The Night Flight Orchestra presents. Both bands share an appreciation of sugary melodies, riffs galore, AOR, power ballads, glam and even some disco – and classic rockers like Journey, Foreigner and REO Speedwagon.
The Night Flight Orchestra released their debut album, Internal Affairs, in 2012. Due to the members’ busy touring schedules with both Soilwork and Arch Enemy, it was difficult to find time to play live, so it took another year before they made their live debut.
With their third album, Amber Galactic (2017), the band had signed to German giants Nuclear Blast, and right when it was released they announced another album, Sometimes the World Ain't Enough, which was released in 2018.
Along they way the band has only sharpened and fine-tuned their songwriting skills. The sound is more amped up with more keyboards and melodies striving for the heavens. It’s great stuff – and you can rest assured that there’s not a hint of irony. The Night Flight Orchestra digs the big songs with the even bigger choruses. Home in Sweden, it has led to a well-deserved Grammis nomination.
Come take a flight with this orchestra when they make you believe that the 80s are happening all over again. Whenever their tunes are playing, it sounds just about right!