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CD REVIEW: FlyByWIre - Lost and Fo8nd 

by: Cyrus Rhodes





Artist/Band: Fly by Wire:

Album: Fly by Wire
Label: Independent Artist
Website: http://flybywirerock.com/

Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Alternative Rock, Punk
Sounds Like: Live, The Verve Pipe, Cold Play, Dinosaur Jr. Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, R.E.M ,Our Lady Piece.

Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Give, Blessed the Ocean, Footprints, Roll On, Territory

Weakness:  No Barcode, More solo segments 


Fly By Wire is a 4 piece rock band from Sydney Australia. Their latest release entitled "Lost and Found) was released in 2013. Band members include Ed – Vocals | Paul – Guitar | Bo – Bass | Si – Drums. Their latest CD is entitled Lost and Fond was released in 1203. In their own words: “Actually I think the album is called ‘Lost & Found’ for many reasons”, states vocalist Ed. “Sure we found new life in some old songs which might have been lost forever. But we also found a new purpose this year. And we are still writing songs, still creating.  We’ve never lost that.. it was always there, but now the bands back, and we sound better now that we ever have.” 

The CD quickly takes to flight with rocking impassioned intro piece “Blessed the Ocean.” This song serves up infectious ambient yet rocked out guitars painted against mesmerizing vocals, hypnotic lyrical content and dynamic rhythms that quickly lead you by the hand down the path of trippy musical indulgence. Track 2 “Give” keeps things rocking with its psychedelic groove, impressive touches and accents painted against a grand mosaic of sound. The striking musical flow of this piece brilliantly moves like an ocean across the ears. All in all it’s my favorite piece on the CD. Track 3 “Feel the Flow” is an impressive rock ditty, with impressive bass and dynamic musical flow full of musical peaks and valleys that flow and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. This piece is remarkably striking to the ears as well with its Alternative Rock touches and hypnotic vibe. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of a classic Live, The Verve Pipe, Cold Play, Dinosaur Jr. Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, R.E.M. and Our Lady Piece. I would classify this music as impassioned Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Rock with an Indie College Rock flair. I can also hear experimental music with slight remnants of Dub, and Alternative Rock. The CD presents brilliant flashes of theatrical ambience and artistic perspective. You will also notice rich layers of instrumentation layered along the way full of dynamics, solo guitar, harmonies, low end beats, sonic vocals, exotic sound effects and enticing melodies. Vocals from Ed showcases impressive singing and songwriting skills throughout as he reminds me a lot of Ed Kowalczyk (Live). His vocal delivery is pretty solid across the board. Ed takes many impressive vocal risks throughout the CD indicating to me a strong and confident vocal ability. Ed and company have clearly proved themselves with this release. It’s hard, it’s heavy, it’s melodic, it's passionate, it's spiritual rock, re-imagined and reinvigorated.  From heartfelt “Footprints” to hypnotic “City Days” to grooving “California Lick” to melodic “Breathe it Out” to methodical “Roll On” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Why'd Ya Do It" the perfect finale statement for an CD of this caliber.  

I wish Ed took more blood curling vocal risks especially during the finale moments of the songs. He a great singer but if he methodically built up his power as some songs progressed the vocal performances would be even better than they are now. Great singers never put all their card on the table until the end of the songs. There is no barcode on the CD indicating a retail non-compatibility. I also wish there were more solo guitar segments throughout. I recommend guitarist Paul get his hands on as many guitar effect as as he can.

Fly By Wire’s latest self titled release is a compelling musical journey. Its strong suit is it’s amazing sonic ambience and song for song musical flow. Ed and company get high marks from me for his brilliant musical transitions and connecting passages - nice touch. This CD will be a real joy for those listeners out there who want flowing rock ambience to fill their sonic space peacefully and unobtrusively. This progressive somewhat trippy format makes for a great extended play experience. I recommend you just hit play, close your eyes and see where the journey takes you. This CD feels like a musical journey and will work best when experienced in that capacity. So if you’re looking for a psychedelic musical experience with sonic ambience, theatrical brilliance and brilliant melodies then I highly recommend you take a listen to the latest CD from Fly By Wire right away.   


Cyrus Rhodes