I've had a connection with the Cincinnati, Ohio rock scene for a long time, which originated with The Raisins' universe. Guitarist and vocalist Brian Lovely has long been a mainstay of that phenomenal realm, home to some of the best singer-songwriters and bands to emerge from America. Many of you will know Brian from his work with Adrian Belew. He's had a storied life and career. His latest project is Flying Underground, also featuring Chris Arduser of psychodots/Raisins/Bears fame on drums, Kelly McCracken on vocals, and Dave Ramos on bass. They just released their debut EP 'Death Of Stars.' It's an expertly-crafted recording full of driving and playful tracks, killer guitar work and songs ranging from raucous fun to metaphor-infused relationship exploration to piercing societal commentary. "False Flag" is a particular highlight, with biting lyrics that will resonate with all of us fiercly unhappy with the current state of the Americaln union. Go listen to and buy the album here: https//flyingunderground.bandcamp.com/album/death-of-stars. Anil Pasad, Founder of Innerviews, the webs longest-running music magazine, San Francisco, Ca.
"...Crisp, melodic songwriting and untouchable musical chops, while also introducing McCracken as a versatile and charismatic vocalist. Opening tracks... pop with a Cheap Trick-like energy, with McCracken's voice giving off the attitudinal vibe of peak Runaways. The title track is the Ep's most melodically durable song, it's soaring hooks sinking in and sticking immediately, but each track on Death of Stars is an impressive example of dynamic and effective pop songcraft." Cincinnati CityBeat's Favorite 2016 Releases By Greater Cincinnati Music-Makers
"I discovered a new band today and now I want everybody in the world to listen to this band...So I'm in this conundrum now...There's five songs on this EP...should I just play the whole thing...how do we get past this?The DoItIndy Radio Hour, Indianapolis, In.
"...'Death Of Stars', is packed from start to finish with five gutsy and powerful songs that deliver loads of groove and thought-provoking lyrics along the way...energentic riffs, sonically explosive guitars, rebellious lyrics and sweet melodies belted out with clarity...it's pretty rare to find an EP, or album that delivers potential hits from beginning to end, but Flying Underground's 'Death Of Stars' is one of those mixes. It's tight, fun and seriously entertaining." Music Connection Dayton
"The five songs within the EP are a short, but hard-hitting collection of catchy, would-be power-pop-rock anthems. The guitars slash like a razor's edge, anchored by simple, but effective bass lines and insistent beats. McCrackin's vocals are the icing on a very tasty musical cake." Dayton City Paper