Flying Ant Day – Stourbridge Beat Combo Discovered

Flying Ant Day’s third album arrives, with an advisory note to ‘Listen and Repeat” 

Stourbridge beat combo, Flying Ant Day, unleashed their third album on December 4th 2021. Following on from 2017’s debut Lemmings and 2020’s ’Do the Flying Ant’, the band, comprising Bodmin Moore (vocals), Andrew Boswell (guitars, mandolin), Steve Lowe (bass) and Carl Bayliss (drums), spent the lockdowns of the COVID era preparing new material.

Recorded at Stourbridge’s Claptrap the Studio, the album sees the band take their sound to a whole new level, thanks in no small part to the input of producer, Sean Lloyd who helped the band realise their ideas in musical form.

I had the honour of discovering this band when they performed along side French Boutik at Claptrap the venue in Stourbridge a few months back. I was impressed to say the least with the combined talents of the band but the frontman Bodmin Moore’s stage presence, charisma, enthusiasm and energetic performance really stood out. Vocally their music gives of a sense of relevance and relatability often merged into a comedic listening experience with expert punch line delivery.

It’s difficult to pinpoint which category or genre the band fit into but their sound can only be described as a mixture rock and roll, beat, punk, Mod and indie. They recently released their third album ‘Écoutez et répétez’ which I couldn’t wait to get my hands on after their performance. it’s a journey over 12 tracks which includes loss, love and everything in between – and features one of the first tracks ever performed by the band ‘At the end of the day’, now complete with a full orchestra in the dramatic outro. The band have also enlisted the talents of Gabriela Giacoman (French Boutik), Becky Pickin (Grand Valise), Lorraine Payne (Lost Wave Music) and Daria Tomalak (Vanilla Pods) to add additional vocal elements to the songs. With a new depth of sound this collection sees the band develop musically, without losing their trademark sound.

Since forming the band have played a host of gigs mainly in the West Midlands/Worcestershire area but are hoping to expand their reach and fanbase throughout the UK bringing their unique sound and energy to a whole new audience. I’m delighted to add them to my virtual list of bands to watch out for. I’m happy to have discovered them and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for them as they continue developing their sound and continue on their journey. Since discovering them I have have secured them air play on The Glory Boy Mod Radio Show (6 Towns Radio) because it seems essential to put their music out to as many people as possible because people need to hear it. So with that there is nothing more to say apart from “ What you waiting for? Go check them out”

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