The Night Flight Orchestra is a Swedish classic rock/AOR band from Helsingborg. They are signed to Nuclear Blast Records. Formed in 2007 by Björn Strid and David Andersson while they were touring in the USA with their band Soilwork, they were later joined by bassist Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars, ex-King Diamond), Richard Larsson (Von Benzo), Jonas Källsbäck (Mean Streak) and, more recently, Sebastian Forslund (Kadwatha). After releasing Internal Affairs in 2012 and Skyline Whispers in 2015, The Night Flight Orchestra entered Handsome Hard Studio in Spring 2016 to record their third album, Amber Galactic. It was released through Nuclear BlastRecords in May 2017.
Less than one week after the release of Amber Galactic, singer Björn Strid stated in an interview that The Night Flight Orchestra were likely to start recording their fourth album a couple months later, during Summer 2017, to be released in Spring 2018.
Internal Affairs (2012)
The Night Flight Orchestra started when Björn Strid (Soilwork) and David Andersson (Soilwork, Mean Streak) were on the road together in North America in 2007. Björn and David were bonding over what they considered “classic” or not, from rock n roll conspiracies to being arrested in a lobby with nothing but leather pants on. All those scenarios, fictional or real, needed a soundtrack. It didn’t take long before bass player Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars) joined forces as well as keyboard player Richard Larsson (Von Benzo) and drummer Jonas Källsbäck (Mean Streak). Their goal was to reclaim the 70’s/early 80’s sense for classic melody.
They released their first album Internal Affairs on 18 June 2012 through the Italian label Coroner Records and made their live debut on 1 August 2013 at Dina-scenen in Lidköping, Sweden. Due to their busy schedules with both Soilwork and Arch Enemy, they could only manage to play live for the first time one year after the release of Internal Affairs and only did a handful of concerts between 2013 and 2014 including a show at Sweden Rock Festival in 2014.
Skyline Whispers (2015)
In January 2015, The Night Flight Orchestra announced a new album release on 9 June 2015 via Coroner Records, and the addition of Sebastian Forslund (Kadawatha) on congas, percussion and guitar. Skyline Whispers was recorded at Nordic Sound Lab Studios, Skara (Sweden), engineered by The Night Flight Orchestra and Bengan Andersson, mixed by Sebastian Forslund and mastered by Thomas Plec Johansson at Panic Room Studios, Skara (Sweden).
Amber Galactic (2017)