Oh Fly Seville, where are you?

Let’s see how wide-reaching this Internet thing is. Back in ’99 I interviewed a Boston-based band called The Fly Seville (at least I remember them being from Boston) while they were touring in support of their Sealed Fate release, Carousel. It was a good night, Ohio State was playing their first home game of the season, students were starting to come back to the campus area and were looking for some entertainment that night … and while The Fly Seville didn’t play in front of a huge crowd, it was decent and even the owner of the club came up to the band afterward and said “Any time you want a gig in Columbus, you’ve got one.”

It’s been many years since I thought about this band but scanning through some CDs tonight, I found Carousel and popped it in -  very sweet, melodic dreamy pop … singer Jesse Blatz reminds me vocally of a cross of Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of The Posies and Stacy Joy adds lots of emotion via her violin. The only thing I could really find was a couple of videos that some filmmaker (James Holland) put together and posted on YouTube a year ago. I’m not really sure when these videos were shot or how new/old the songs are.

So, Jesse or Stacy or any of the other former members of Fly Seville, if any of you stumble upon this while Googling your own names, let me know what’s up and if you’ve got anything new in the works, either as The Fly Seville or with different bands.

4 Replies to “Oh Fly Seville, where are you?”

  1. Hey Chip! My name’s Jason and I was lucky enough to play bass for The Fly Seville for a couple years post-Carousel. We recorded another album called “Where The Water Hits The Sky” but, for all-too-predictable reasons, it was never released. I’d be happy to get you a copy of the songs, though.

    As Georgy mentioned, Jesse’s got a new band in a similar vein called First Day Of Summer. In addition to taking their name from a Fly Seville song, I believe he’s often joined by other former members of the band. Definitely check them out.

    For my part: I played with Garrison (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garrison_(band)) during and after my time with The Fly Seville. Since then, I’ve hung up my rock hat, moved to California, and taken a job at Google.

    Thanks for your kind words, I’ll make sure Jesse gets a link. Take good care!

  2. Man… what a great band. I just did the same exact thing… saw the album and then did a quick google search. Thanks for the update and info on the new band…

    Have a good one!

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