Classic rock, at this point, is anything that came out in the early 1990s. To me, you can no longer call Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd or any of their ilk “classic rock.” If it came out before 1980, I think we have to call it “oldies.” In 2011, early Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and even Jane’s Addiction are more classic rock than Grand Funk Railroad, in my opinion. Maybe you disagree. That’s cool.
That’s not the important thing, though. What’s important to you is that Soilwork’s Björn Strid and Arch Enemy’s Sharlee D’Angelo have started a new band that will sound like the rock of the 1970s, called The Night Flight Orchestra. That name’s perfect for a band of this style, no?
The Night Flight Orchestra started as an innocent yet serious drunken idea when Strid and David Andersson — who is a session musician for Soilwork — were on the road together somewhere in North America in 2007. The pair were bonding over what they considered “classic” or not.
Before long, D’Angelo was on board as well as Von Benzo’s Richard Larsson on keyboards and Mean Streak drummer Jonas Källsbäck. According to a statement, “The goal was to reclaim the ‘70s/early ‘80s sense for classic melody, the forgotten recipe to a timeless song, preferably a song mentioning a city, street name or an exhilarating alcoholic beverage.”
Unsigned for the time being, The Night Flight Orchestra would like to record its debut this summer.