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The Three Times
Flight Mode The Three TImes Punk Rock Theory
Friday, February 2, 2024 - 08:56
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Led by singer/songwriter Sjur Lyseid, Flight Mode has previously released two EPs, ‘TX, ‘98’ and ‘Torshov, ‘05’. With the addition of new EP‘Tøyen, ‘13’, the trilogy is now complete.  ‘Tøyen, ‘13’ is out now on Tiny Engines sister Label, sound as language, while a collection of the three EPs is being released by Tiny Engines.

Like a musical coming-of-age story, each EP comes with four songs that reference a specific year and place in the life of Lyseid. There’s the youtful exuberance of ‘TX ‘98’, the jaded indifference of ‘Torshov ‘05’ before culminating with the overwhelming realities of life captured on ‘Toyen, ‘13’. While that could have very well ‘The Three Times’ feel disjointed, all of the songs together actuall forms a cohesive whole that takes elements of both punk and emo and molds thenm into an entirely satifying, cohesive whole.

Musically, the Oslo, Norway based trio is influenced by the likes of Braid, Death Cab For Cutie and The Weakerthans to name but a few. While those are some mighty big names, Flight Mode more than lives up to the expectations that come with such comparisons. These songs are nostalgic, melodic, delicate and rocking all at once, making ‘The Three Times’ one of this year’s first must-hear albums.


The Three Times track list:

  1. Sixteen
  2. Fossil Fuel
  3. Animals
  4. Go
  5. Twentyfour
  6. Blinks
  7. Togetherness
  8. Dö Yoü Rëmëmbër
  9. Thirtysomething
  10. Hyperventilate
  11. Surprised at All
  12. My Brothers & My Sister at the Funeral
Tom Dumarey
Tom Dumarey

Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.