THE HUMAN FLY
Upstairs, All Ages
DOORS: 8:30 PM // SHOW: 9:00 PM
Free ($5 Suggested Donation)
Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge
Tuesday August 6, 2019
The Human Fly is a 5-piece indie-rock group based in New York and Philly, with members from each city. What began as an intimate, experimental folk project by Robert Mathis (he/him) slowly evolved into a full-fledged ensemble with 2017's 'Gruesome', a five-year effort plagued by false starts. The record is littered with sonic echoes of Sparklehorse and Pinback amidst a backdrop of lush instrumentation. As Mathis ruminates on his years spent in Virginia, caustic banjos collide with floaty synths, a wistful piano line in 'Trash' gives way to a brief burst of violins. Yet the backbone of the record remains, as it did when The Human Fly was first conceived, the simple yet inexplicably nostalgic presence of an acoustic guitar. The group is currently at work on a follow-up to Gruesome.
Taylor Kelly (Philadelphia, PA) has a voice that blends both the smoothness and rhythmic nature of jazz, soul and funk. Her tasteful songwriting tells tales of truth in hopes to inspire many to love, live and let go. Also a trumpet player, she strives for an instrumental-vocal approach, a rhythmic phrasing and an improvisation that is reminiscent of many of her trumpet playing influences (Chet Baker, Roy Hargrove and Miles Davis to name a few). Her musical stylings are reflective of Erykah Badu and Stevie Wonder as they possess what she believes to be the true essence of music- harmonic complexity, strong melodic contour and lyrical honesty with an absolutely relentless underlying groove. Taylor has shared the stage with Moonchild, Becca Stevens, Bahamadia and Georgia Anne Muldrow. She releases her fourth studio album, Up Up and Away, on August 1st.