Fly Over States - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview Fly Over States. We discussed how they formed the band, thoughts on their first EP, what to expect from their upcoming EP, cassette and vinyl pressings, and more. Check it out below. 

First, thanks for the interview.

Thanks for interviewing us! 

Can you tell me how you started the band for those who may be unfamiliar with it? How did you first become interested in music?

This band formed with me, our bass player and our drummer ending our last band, but still wanting to make music, just with more grit than what we had. I demoed out a handful of songs on Garageband before I took it to the other dudes and we got crackin. And I can’t speak for all of us but for me at least my interest in music started when my dad gave me a copy of They’re Only Chasing Safety on CD when I was 5 or 6, he loved screamo and metal and got me to pick up guitar and drums early on. 

You recently announced your second EP is finished. What can listeners expect from the upcoming EP? Did you incorporate any new influences?

Listeners can expect a few different influences, I definitely was listening to At The Drive In and a lot of the recent Ephyra Records releases. This release is a lot tighter than Anti-Aircraft, and you can tell that everyone has the same goal in mind, but with the first release we were still figuring it out.

Is there a song from the new EP that you’re most excited for people to check out? Why? 

I think we’re all really stoked on 40 Stripes Minus One, which I think will end up being the lead single. The track has a lot of fun rhythms and really ends with a bang, there’s a part where me, Trevin (our other guitarist), and Caleb (our bassist) all harmonize with each other, it’s really fun. We always smile while playing that part haha. 

Your debut EP ‘Anti-Aircraft’ is great. I really like the song “Matches”. Can you tell me about writing that song specifically?

Matches was a song that I wanted to play with more singing than I was really used to doing. I wrote that song mostly about bottling things up when you shouldn’t, and how repeatedly doing so can end up damaging things around you.

Were you pleased with the overall response to the first EP? What are your thoughts looking back at it now? 

We were definitely pleased with the initial reception, for a band that’s only existed to the rest of the world for a few months now we’re very grateful for the warm welcome we were given. When we recorded the first batch of songs there was like 14 different songs and the other dudes didn’t really know what the goal going into the songs were, so I generally think of “baby steps” when I think of that release. 

You teamed up with Milkcrate Merch for a cassette run of the EP. How did you end up working with them on it?

Milkcrate Merch reached out to us out of the blue because of their interest in our other projects (Hey, Ily & Rookie Card) and wanted to give our new project a little boost up. They’re super sick people, and funnily enough I knew them way before Milkcrate from their emo mailman Tiktoks haha.

You have a cool split red and white cassette. How much say did the band have in the packaging and color choice for the cassette?

We probably could’ve had more say, but because this was more so for fun than for actual marketing or revenue, we just wanted them to have their creative input and do whatever they wanted.

Can we expect cassettes or vinyl for the upcoming EP?

I’m not going to say for certain, mostly because that stuff costs a lot of money, but we do have some plans in the pipeline for distribution and teaming up with some really cool homies to make it happen.

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for taking time out of your day to interview some rowdy kids from Montana! Last thing I will add is that 2024 is going to be the year of touring and new cities so be sure to come see us if we’re in your city this summer/spring! 

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