Fly My Pretties are about to release their first studio album, ‘The Studio Recordings Part One‘, on October 25th. Not the first album by the New Zealand Super Group – who count members of members of The Black Seeds, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Phoenix Foundation, Hollie Smith, Bailey Wiley, Trinity Roots, and more amongst the loose collective of fifty or so musicians that have made up the band. No, Fly My Pretties already have a hefty six live albums to their credit.
Formed in 2004 by by The Black Seeds frontman Barnaby Weir and Mikee Tucker, Fly My Pretties has become something of a New Zealand institution – with multiple tours to their name and covering a variety of musical styles in their restless urge to create. ‘Quiet Girl‘ rolls along like the gentlest breeze of a college rock zephyr, with an elegant guitar solo drawing it to a close. It first appeared on the band’s initial release ‘Live At Bats‘ which led Samuel Flynn Scott to state that “It’s a very strange procedure re-recording such an old song. Kind of like time travel. I was unsure how it would feel but getting in the studio with the old team was instantly a real buzz and it all felt brand new.”
Fifteen years in may be a long time for a first studio recording – but as the album’s title hints this is only the first of more to come – part two will arrive, no doubt, much sooner.
Photo by Masanori Udagawa.