During our interviews with all bands, we love to stalk their collection, find out some of their best hidden gems. Canadian indie rock band, In-Flight Safety formed in 2003 and their video for “Coast Is Clear” was subsequently nominated for Video of the Year at the 2007 Juno Awards. Currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, recently we interviewed front man, John Mullane, and these are his gems.
John Mullane of In-Flight Safety
Ruby Tailights “Dressing Up”
Literally stumbled upon this band while doing a couple of shows in Ireland. Went to check out a local record store and the staff had this playing over the loud speakers. Bought it right then and there. Belle & Sebastian meets a softer My Bloody Valentine. Wholly unknown to the world. It’s beautiful, cover to cover.
Hilotrons “Bella Simone”
One of Ottawa’s best kept secrets. I have no idea why they aren’t the biggest band in Canada. Why they aren’t on Pitchfork, playing Osheaga, etc…. etc. Sounds like David Byrne fronting Devo.
The Mary Onettes “Self Titled”
Beautiful record from a virtually unkown-to-Canada act from Sweden. Lush and chalk full of epic melodies. Beautiful vocals that reference the latter period of The Cure.
Pavement “Terror Twilight”
Probably Pavement’s most unloved album by purist Pavement fans. That’s where I come in. This is the record that got me into Pavement. Produced by Nigel Goodrich he lends his signature three dimensional sound employed on all those Radiohead records. Gone are the dry guitars but that works just fine for me.
Mardeen “Read Less Minds”
Band from Halifax that has never got its due. 12 hit songs on one record. Beatles formation with 3 different writers all similar but different. All equally good. Alll stellar writers. One of my favourite bands to ever come out of Halifax.