In-Flight Safety; Glen Nicholson front, John Mullane, back; land at the Osprey on Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m.
Photo By Scott Munn
Canadian indie-rockers In-Flight Safety land at the Osprey on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m.
David Bowie started it all when he sent an email to the band after hearing their basement-recorded EP, Vacation Land in 2003. “Nice album,” is all he wrote. And that’s all it took for the band to believe they had a future in music.
Canadian singer songwriter Emm Gryner sent the record to Bowie. Later, she helped the band set goals and figure out how to achieve them. Achieve they did. IFS is one of the most successful bands to come out of Nova Scotia.
Vacation Land was followed in 2006 by the band’s debut LP, The Coast Is Clear which won them ECMAs for Rising Star, Alternative Recording and Group Recording of the Year in 2007. The video for the title song landed them coveted nominations for a JUNO Award and a MuchMusic Video Award in 2007 for Video of the Year.
Success followed success. Their latest album We Are An Empire, My Dear (2009) was recorded in a 100-year-old schoolhouse during the dead of winter. Songs from Empire have been played on BBC Radio and featured in NBC TV's The Office and Chuck, ABC's Rookie Blue and CW's The Vampire Diaries (including the 2013 season premier) leading the band to new listeners around the globe.
Tour dates to promote Empire featured Canadian, European and US gigs, including the 2010 Winter Olympics, CMJ 2010 and 2009 and culminated with an invitation to the hugely influential SxSW (South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas) 2011 and Great Escape Festival (UK).
Osprey fans will see the band just before they release their next record due out in early 2014.
Opening for the band is local sensation Natalie Lynn along with her band.
Presented in cooperation with Brinin’ It Home, the all-inclusive ticket price for the show is $25 for adults and $7 for students. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Osprey during box office hours, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are also available at TLC Pharmacy and on line at www.ospreyartscentre.com and www.ticketpro.ca. Tickets can also be purchased at any Ticketpro outlet in Atlantic Canada.