"Sweet, lyrical passages blend with impossible prog-like time signatures to create a fresh, modern sound with its own distinctive character" Peter Jones, LondonJazzNews
"Incredible musicianship, tight and crisp" Jez Nelson, Jazz FM
"...alchemical infusions of jazz, prog, metal and pop make for a vibrant mix of the visceral and vertiginous, combining melody and soundscape to startling effect " Spencer Grady, Jazzwise
"Gritty rock-powered guitar improv" John Fordham, The Guardian
FLYING MACHINES play emotive and dramatic music, drawing upon influences as diverse as jazz, progressive rock and metal to create an utterly unique and modern sound.
Formed by guitarist Alex Munk in 2014, Flying Machines features some of the most innovative young musicians to emerge in recent years from the UK jazz scene, Matt Robinson on piano/keyboards, Conor Chaplin on electric bass and Dave Hamblett on drums. Centred on Alex's unique compositional approach, the band fuse visceral improvisation with anthemic melodies and lusciously textured soundscapes. It's a sound shot through with the here and now of London's cutting-edge music scene, a decadent mash up of free-wheeling improvisations, prog rock energy and ambient meditations that never detracts from the emotive lyricism at the music's core.
Having released their self-titled debut album to critical acclaim in October 2016, Flying Machines have just completed a 24 date UK tour supported by Arts Council England, playing at a range of prestigious venues such as Southbank Centre, Pizza Express Dean Street, Hidden Rooms (Cambridge 'next generation jazz' series) and The Quarry Theatre, Bedford. The tour ended with a sold out, headline performance at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in April 2017.