One of the keys to being a successful musician is the ability to improvise. But it's not always confined to the stage. Flying Machine's William Ryan George wrote "On A Whim, a song about a girl moving away, while playing a bass guitar on a New York street in front of a friend's hair salon. Since his piano had been stolen (typical for NY) he composed the keyboard part and lyrics at a Guitar Center as employees tried to sell him gear. Now that's staying focused.
Having been in a previous band, George, John Wlaysewski and Ken Weisbach put Flying Machines together in '06. "When I heard William sing, I said, 'that's the band I want to be in'," offered Wlaysweski. "He has a voice that can change lives." Evan Joyce drove from Boston and slept in Central Park before his band audition. It would have been a long drive back if he didn't get the gig.
Flying Machines won Converse's '08 "Get Out Of The Garage" music contest and became a favorite on Yahoo Music . They also landed song clips in promos for USA Network's program Psych. All that led to their self-titled '10 debut.
2010 Flying Machines
"We're not the first band to put G-D-C together," said Wlaysewski in an interview. "It's who you are that makes the song, not the chords." And who they are begins with George. In a band bio he mentions Billy Joel as an influence. No kidding. He could front a "Big Shot" era tribute band. His occasional falsetto also brought comparisons to Freddie Mercury but a similar range is not evident.
Still, Flying Machines with their tempo changes, muscle chords (well beyond of G-D-C progression) and George's sense of drama, is entertaining. They possess strong pop - read '70s - sensibilities which are abundantly evident on "Talking About It," "On A Whim," "Gina Don't Call Me," "I Don't Remember Why" and "Hopelessly Alone."