Still Flyin'

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Still Flyin’ is an American Indie Pop band based in San Francisco, founded in 2004 by Sean Rawls.

Name of the Band[edit]

The band is based on the song "Never Gonna Touch the Ground", a song that Rawls wrote and performed in a prior band, Je Suis France.[1] After moving to San Francisco, Rawls recorded the song, which took on a life of its own resulting in the creation of Still Flyin’. The chorus of the song, "Still Flyin’, never gonna touch the ground" was the source of the band’s name as well as its debut album and title track.

Formation and History[edit]

In 2004, Sean Rawls, a veteran of bands Masters of the Hemisphere and Je Suis France moved from Athens, GA to San Francisco, CA. Upon arriving in San Francisco Rawls asked just about everybody he knew [2] to join his new project. Most of the friends he had in San Francisco were fellow musicians he had met through his prior bands, and many of them joined Rawls to form Still Flyin’.

The band played its first live show at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco in November, 2004.[2] Shortly thereafter they embarked on a tour of the US West Coast opening for Architecture in Helsinki.[3] In August, 2006 they went on their first tour of Scandinavia, playing at the Emmaboda Festival [4] in Sweden. During this tour they were joined onstage by Jens Lekman.[5] Still Flyin’ returned to Scandinavia in 2007. In 2008 they performed in Australia’s St Jerome's Laneway Festival, where they met Spiral Stairs. He curated [6] the 2008 Sled Island Festival [7] in Calgary, Canada, and invited Still Flyin’. In early 2009 Still Flyin’ toured Europe and returned to Australia to play St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival once again. They played at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival [5] in Austin, Texas in early spring and summer saw them touring Europe once again, where they performed at the Secret Garden Party [8] festival in the UK.

Still Flyin’ signed with Antenna Farm in 2006 and released 2 EP’s. In 2008, the band signed with Ernest Jenning (US), London-based Moshi Moshi and Australian label Lost and Lonesome for the release of their first full-length record.

Musical style[edit]

Still Flyin's sound is generally classified as reggae [9] or rocksteady.[10] However, the band has coined its own term to classify its sound and outlook: hammjamm,[3][11][12][13] which is loosely defined as "when a good time gets better" [14] and with lifestyle ramifications involving "friends, beers, high fives, parties and enjoying life to the fullest".[12]

Members[edit]

Although the band started and is based in San Francisco, its members now stretch to all corners of the world.[15] The band is made up of a "core" lineup with a long roster of "spiritual members", who join the band for live performances when geography permits.

Current Core Lineup:
Sean Rawls - vocals, guitar (Masters of the Hemisphere, Je Suis France)
Zach Moran - guitar
Phil Horan - drums (Maserati)
Maria Niubo - keys, vocals
Samuele Palazzi - bass (The Calorifer Is Very Hot, The Ian Fays)

Members on Past Recordings:
Yoshi Nakamoto - drums (The Aislers Set, Scenic Vermont, Poastal, Eux Autres)
Gabe Saucedo - vibraphone, saxophone, guitar, vocals (Red Pony Clock)
Bren Mead - percussion, guitar, bass, drums, vocals (Masters of the Hemisphere, Veteran, Summer Hymns)
Mark Monnone - bass (The Lucksmiths)
Mindy Schweitzer-Rawls - vocals
Marjan Esfandiari - vocals
Jaime Knight - vocals (Poundsign, Dear Nora)
Gary Olson - trumpet, vocals (The Ladybug Transistor)
Frank Jordan - saxophone (Bright Lights)
Isobel Knowles - trumpet, keys, vocals (Architecture in Helsinki, The Icypoles)
Alicia Vanden Heuvel - keys, vocals (The Aislers Set, Poundsign)
Drew Cramer - bass (Personal and the Pizzas, the Mantles)
Lizeth Santos - vocals
Becky Barron - vocals (Poundsign, Kids On A Crime Spree, Bright Lights)
Brian Girgus - bongos (lowercase, Track Star)
Adrian Finch - keys, percussion, saxophone, vocals (Masters of the Hemisphere, Night Moves Gold, Dances With Wolves, Elf Power, Summer Hymns)

Past Live Performers:
Wyatt Cusick - bass, guitar (Track Star, The Aislers Set)
Carrie Jedlicka - keys, vocals
Ice Bergeron - reverb tank (Je Suis France, Peace Goat)
OJ Hammond - guru (Je Suis France, Excalibrah)
Ake Stromer - saxophone (Love Is All, James Ausfahrt)
Tara Shackell - trombone, vocals (Architecture in Helsinki, The Icypoles)
Gus Franklin - percussion (Architecture in Helsinki, Sheahan Drive, The Smallgoods)
Anna Storakers - vocals
Brody Railton - reverb tank
Josephine Olausson - vocals (Love Is All, Girlfrendo)
Richard Baluyut - guitar (Versus)
Markus Gorsch - bongos (Love Is All, Girlfrendo, Glenn und Glenn)
Jens Lekman - guitar, vocals (Jens Lekman)

Influences[edit]

Rawls’s songwriting is influenced by a lot of popular music. Of note are the songs mentioned in the lyrics to H-O-T-T-C-H-O-R-D: Electric Avenue, Funkytown, All Night Long, Walk of Life, Turn to Stone and What a Fool Believes.[16] In addition, Rawls is a fan of the music of Talking Heads, Konono N°1, Kraftwerk, Christopher Cross and many others.

When asked in interviews about influences, Rawls has consistently mentioned Matthew McConaughey,[17][18][19] whom the band regards as a lifestyle role model.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Details
2009 Never Gonna Touch The Ground
2012 On A Bedroom Wall

Singles and EPs[edit]

Year Details
2006 Time Wrinkle EJ
2007 Za Cloud EJ
  • Released: April 2007
  • Labels: Antenna Farm (US)
  • Formats: CD, download
2008 Good Thing It's A Ghost Town Around Here
2009 Forever Dudes
  • Released: January 2009
  • Labels: Moshi Moshi (UK)
  • Formats: download
2009 The Hott Chord is Struck
  • Released: July 2009
  • Labels: Moshi Moshi (UK)
  • Formats: download
2010 Runaway Train II
2010 A Party In Motion EP
2010 Victory Walker
  • Released: October 2010
  • Labels: Ernest Jenning (US)
  • Formats: 7", download
2012 Travelin' Man
2012 Spirits
  • Released: June 2012
  • Labels: Highline (UK)
  • Formats: download

Compilations[edit]

Year Details
2011 Neu Ideas

References[edit]

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