Photos by Tyler Etheridge
Australian EDM duo Flight Facilities brought their first-class show to Webster Hall last Thursday. A group that was previously known for mega club singles, are now touring in support of their debut LP Down to Earth. Party pilots James Lyell and Hugo Gruzman flew high during their sold out performance last week when they opened with their new hit Two Bodies and took us on a fully-curated flight with their vocalists, Owl Eyes bombshell Emma Louise (who covered vocals for Giselle on the groups popular hit, Crave You), and another strong male vocalist in tow.
The performance was rich, but the vocalist’s transitions sometimes felt cumbersome as they were constantly entering and exiting the stage and thanking the audience each time. It stilted the flow of the show, and made it feel more like a showcase than a fully realized concert. Even so, Gruzman and Lyell’s energy kept the evening soaring along, shining on instrumental tracks when they were forced to take the spotlight. A beautiful light show, compelling visuals and a flight announcer were just icing on the cake. We weren’t lucky enough to be graced with an in-person appearance from local musician and funny man Reggie Watts (he collaborated on their new track Sunshine), but he was there in spirit when his image was projected on the big screen behind the DJs. The whole team returned for a family dance encore to Toto’s Africa. There was nothing special or remixed about the track – just good fun, which made for one smooth landing.
Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell of Flight Facilities Wore Pilot Costumes on their Down to Earth Tour.
Webster Hall’s performance was one of the last on Flight Facilities’ North American Tour.
Pop vocalist Emma Louise provided vocals on Two Bodies last Thursday, December 4th.
Emma Louise provided vocals on numerous tracks during Flight Facilities’ performance at Webster Hall.
A male vocalist joins Flight Facilities on stage at Webster Hall.