‘It Flew By’, the second full-length album by the Birmingham-based electro swing band and UK festival favourites The Electric Swing Circus is out now on Ragtime Records.
The 13-track record is the follow-up to the six piece’s self-titled 2013 debut which helped to deliver a global fanbase and a place on the international live touring circuit.
The collection of songs embrace The Electric Swing Circus’ 1920s swing and electro roots, whilst venturing into new sonic territory, including dubstep, reggae, rock, pop and disco.
The album was recorded over two years at Middle Farm Studios in Devon and Giant Wafer Studios in North Wales and was engineered and produced by James Bragg (Gengahr, Tellison, The Computers, The Skints).
Tom Hyland from the band explained their journey to finish the record, saying, “We’ve spent the last two years experimenting with recording techniques that allowed us to capture the intensity from our live show. The result is a totally new and unique audio adventure and flipping vintage remix and electro swing on their heads. We look forward to unleashing ‘It Flew By’ on the world!”
Fronted by the female double-act of Laura O and Vicki Olivia on vocals, with Chandra Walker (drums, keys), Tom Hyland (guitar), Rashad Gregory (samples, MPC and synth) and Patrick Wreford (bass and bass synth), The Electric Swing Circus have built up a reputation for their powerful combination of vintage samples, electro beats, gypsy-jazz guitar, electric double bass, keys, live drums and dirty synths.
Since forming in June 2011, the six-piece have headlined Glastonbury’s Avalon Stage and played at UK festivals including Shambala, Boomtown and Eden, as well as undertaking a number of tours across New Zealand and Europe.
As well as running a regular night Hot Club De Swing in their home city of Birmingham, the band also curate the annual festival Swingamajig since 2012. The one-day event presents a programme of international artists, DJs, dancers, vintage cinema, acrobats and outlandish performers.
The Electric Swing Circus play Birmingham’s Hare & Hounds in support of ‘It Flew By’ on Friday February 17th. For information and tickets visit the venue website.
‘It Flew By’ is available to download now on iTunes, to stream via Spotify and CDs are available via Bandcamp.