Fly Pan Am
|Fly Pan Am|
|Also known as||Le Fly Pan Am|
|Origin||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Genres||Post-rock, experimental rock|
|Associated acts||Godspeed You! Black Emperor|
Fly Pan Am, or Le Fly Pan Am, are a Canadian experimental rock band formed in Montreal in 1996. They release their albums through the Montreal-based Constellation Records, producing and collaborating on works with Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Shalabi Effect.
About the band
The band was formed in 1996 by guitarists Jonathan Parant and Roger Tellier-Craig, drummer Felix Morel, and bassist Jean-Sebastian Truchy. Eric Gingras would later on join the band in 2002, contributing guitar and percussion.
They shared personnel with Godspeed You! Black Emperor until guitarist Roger Tellier-Craig left Godspeed You! Black Emperor in 2003 to concentrate full-time on Fly Pan Am. The band are currently on a long term hiatus and it is not known when, or if, they will regroup.
The band is influenced by the French Canadian culture of Quebec, as well as the burgeoning avant-garde musical scene in Montreal. French is the predominant language used in producing albums and writing lyrics, with English peppered throughout. The track titles on past records, as stated by Roger Tellier-Craig, were written in a way to interpret the song, which Tellier-Craig concedes was "lost on most listeners" due to the French used. Unorthodox use of electronic sounds, occasionally provided by Alexandre St-Onge, serve to intersect and often confuse the listener.
The group often records their albums at the Hotel2Tango, a recording studio owned by Efrim Menuck and Thierry Amar of Godspeed You! Black Emperor fame, as well as Howard Bilerman. As a result of these ties, members of other Montreal-based bands sometimes participate as guest musicians or aid the recording process.
An announcement from the band in 2006 spoke of their indefinite hiatus and Jonathan Parant's part in Feu Thérèse. Roger Tellier-Craig went on to found experimental pop band Pas Chic Chic with Eric Gingras playing bass. Felix currently drums for the psychedelic sludge band Panopticon Eyelids and for Les Enfants Sauvages. Eric Gingras has released 2 albums as Enfant Magique, the first self-released, the second, L'art d'enfiler les pearls, released by independent Montreal label No Weapon.
- aMAZEzine! 7" single with Godspeed You! Black Emperor, given away free with aMAZEzine! Magazine; (1998). Included "L'espace au sol est redessiné par d'immenses panneaux bleus"
- Fly Pan Am (Constellation Records; 1999)
- Sédatifs en fréquences et sillons EP (Constellation Records; 2000)
- Ceux qui inventent n'ont jamais vécu (?) (Constellation Records; 2002)
- N'écoutez pas (Constellation Records; 2004)
- Constellation Records (2006). "Fly Pan Am biography". Bands index. Constellation Records. Retrieved 2007-03-21.[dead link]
- Powell, Mark (2004). "Interview with Roger Tellier-Craig of Fly Pan Am". Interviews. Southern Records. Retrieved 2007-03-27.
- Constellation Records (2006). "Le Fly Pan Am – Ceux qui inventent n'ont jamais vécu (?)". Records index. Constellation Records. Retrieved 2007-03-27.[dead link]
- Enfant Magique
- Constellation Records' Fly Pan Am website
- Fly Pan Am collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive