Thrash Hits verdict: With influences ranging all the way from stalwarts, Smashing Pumpkins and Alice In Chains to the female touch of Hole and Babes in Toyland to the noise rock of Metz and Part Chimp, it’s clear that Aeroplane Flies High enjoy music along the grunge spectrum. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. Having formed in 2009, the current line-up met at a Melvins gig and slowly but surely, they seem to be gathering pace. Translating their love for the American Big Fuzz guitar sound of the ’90s into big fat northwestern riffs and adding some smart lyrics, AFH could well be onto something.
Describe your sound in three words.
Noisy, fluffy turbulence.
What made you want to start a band?
Jack: Growing up listening to Jimi Hendrix made me want to play interesting guitar music and since discovering the Wall of Sound and dreamy nature of bands like Smashing Pumpkins and Part Chimp and the melodic nature of bands such as They Might Be Giants, I really wanted to be in a band that made interesting/noisy/heavy music that also had great melodies!
Lewis: My dad made me want to start a band. He was a HGV driver and I used to go away with him a lot on his jobs. From a very young age he would play me stuff like Sex Pistols and Nirvana, so my music taste was moulded by my him. He used to always tell me stories about when he was a punk and he played in a band as a drummer so I was like “I WANNA BE IN A BAND!” So I learned how to play drums and met Jack in primary school.
Roanne: I decided to randomly get a guitar and stuck at it. My favourite band at this point was Blood Red Shoes and I really wanted to be in a band where I could play really cool music but still look like a girl (wear dresses etc). I’ve always been a fan of Nirvana but when I came across Babes In Toyland, an all-girl kick ass grunge band, that topped it off for me.
Where did the name come from?
Obviously The Aeroplane Flies High box set by Smashing Pumpkins, Jack has always said that he wanted a band called Aeroplane Flies High.
What is your favourite aeroplane and why?
The Spitfire. Its creator was from Widnes (our hometown – we’re not Scousers) and it won WWII. Pretty awesome. However, Lewis says he likes the Virgin Galactic as it goes into space.
Who is the best grunge band?
Grunge is Nirvana.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
Playing music we all love and having a really great time throughout, we’re like a family! We eat KFC together.
With which band would your dream tour be?
Queens of the Stone Age supporting Foo Fighters, supporting AFH. Come on, that’s a pretty ace line up… Us headlining, of course!
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or your peers?
STILTS, Super Luxury and Molasses are our peers. We’d love a scene like us to take over. Genuine people, making great music we all love, nothing fake about it.
What other bands should everyone find out about?
STILTS for sure, they make honest and great sounding freaky psychedelic music in the vein of Jesus Lizard, and to top it off they are all boss people!
What is the most metal thing you have done?
Eating the heads off bats is part of a healthy band routine. Honest.
While they’re waiting for Josh Homme to get in touch before recording an album, expect a tour sometime soon. In the meantime, Aeroplane Flies High are releasing ‘Blossom’ via Snaketown Records on 02 September 2013 and will be playing a single launch party at Camden’s The Black Heart the Friday before, 30 August 2013.