Fender Jaguars, feedback and flooded pubs: the making of Flyying Colours’ Fantasy Country – Mixdown

Words by Brodie J Brümmer & Flyying Colours

The local shoegazers take us through the recording process of their latest LP.

Shoegaze is a bit of a bizarre entity at times. Being a genre largely built around Brits with copious amounts of guitar pedals and an overwhelming sense of social dread, it’s easy to overlook or understate the bands who exist outside of these peripherals, despite there being an abundance of incredibly good shoegazers sitting right on our doorstep down under.

A keynote example of Australia’s prospering shoegaze scene, Flyying Colours have been at the forefront of Melbourne’s local movement for a hot minute now. The band’s confident grasp of the genre’s aesthetics – think cavernous drums, gleaming synths, textured vocals and guitars in their droves – collides with their own psychedelic sensibilities to make for a sound that remains faithful to the sonics of their predecessors, yet offers up enough conviction to put them firmly in a field of their own.

Five years on from their debut effort MindfullnessFlyying Colours have returned today with their sophomore effort Fantasy Country. Recorded in a myriad of locations around Melbourne, it’s an album that proves to be just as earnest as their first full-length, packing in nine tracks of woozy, lucid jams to lose yourself in.

It’s an album that sounds just as good seeping from a pair of headphones as it would blaring at full volume from the speakers of a heaving inner suburbs pub, with the four piece paying close attention to the