The Night Flight Orchestra is like the best dad rock band that wasn’t around in the ’80s. You’d be forgiven for not knowing that, however, given that the band’s hooky, infectious hard rock sounds like it could’ve come out anywhere from the ’70s to the mid’80s. You’d also be forgiven for not knowing that the band features current and former members of Soilwork (Bjorn Strid, David Andersson) Arch Enemy (Sharlee D’Angelo) and others. Newly-signed to Nuclear Blast Records, the band’s third album Amber Galactic will be out on May 19th.
“Gemini,” a song from the forthcoming album, has just gotten a video that fits right in with the band’s retro-rock leanings. Animated by Elia Cristofolo, who’s worked on campaigns for Subaru, Canon and Volvo, the video was completed in a month. Strid spoke about the aesthetic of the video:
This video showcases a relationship drama set in space, with an epic twist. The colours and the characters are amazing and also very mysterious. My personal perception of the animation is a slight He-Man-goes-to-Russia feel (Or is it She-Ra??). Absolutely fantastic! Enjoy!”
Cristofoli elaborated on what went into making the video:
“When Björn asked me for a fully-cartoon music video in 80’s style, with so many intergalactic babes destroying alien monsters, a joker grin drew on my face”, says Cristofoli. “I love 80’s cartoons like He-Man, Ken Shiro, etc. Then David sent me the script with a storyboard. I read their story. These guys are out of control, I thought. Just as I like! I spent a few days studying the design of the characters and the spaceships, then I started drawing like a psychopath. I figure I was amused. I hope NFO fans like the video. Rock on!”
Amber Galactic will be released on May 19th on Nuclear Blast Records and can be preordered here.