Flyte Collaborate with Oscar-Nominated Actor Florence Pugh on “Tough Love” Live Session

September 22, 2023 BY Emma Orland

Florence Pugh and Flyte have been admirers of each other’s work for a few years, always keeping in touch and looking for an excuse to collaborate. This summer, the Oscar and Bafta nominated actor Pugh visited singer and guitarist Will Taylor’s flat in North East London to sing a stripped down version of Flyte’s recent BBC Radio 6 playlisted “Tough Love”, Pugh taking on Laura Marling’s part, who sings the duet in the studio recording.



Flyte, the band’s highly anticipated self-titled third album is set to be released on 27 October 2023, and was recorded over 10 days at London’s Konk Studios with LA’s Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Bon Iver) and legendary engineer Dom Monks. Notoriously tricky songwriting territory, their third album explores the themes of love and stability, showing Flyte at their most honest, confident and collaborative. “Tough Love”, described as “a conversation between two people trying to unlearn unhealthy patterns”  follows the raw and exposed “Defender”. “Amy”, a lucid guitar laden song about worrying how the pair were going to pay rent and wondering what the future holds for a modern musician, was released earlier this month.

In transit, breaking up, while weathered old rock stars advertise fast cars, Taylor sings, another lens into their sublime third album. Performing the song live with five guitarists this festival season, it follows “mission statement” opening song “Speech Bubble”, which signifies that this record will be “the dock leaf to the nettle of the last one” says Taylor. Already reaching just under 1M views on Instagram Reels for the self-directed official video, “Speech Bubble” asserts, Heartbreak, it takes practice, and I think I’m getting better at this, with backing vocals from Will’s partner and collaborator Billie Marten. Writing their independent records (Billie’s fourth album ‘Drop Cherries’) from across the room at one another in their North East London home, their third album is an introduction into Flyte’s most intimate and vulnerable songwriting yet.




Having recently led Barn On The Farm’s house band at this years independent festival, Flyte had 5 minutes to arrange a rendition of Neil Youngs “Old Man” with Norwegian pop star Sigrid, before playing it in front of thousands of fans, alongside Will Taylor’s partner Billie Marten and alt-pop artist Ber. It was clear that Flyte have established themselves as an influential mainstay in music culture, gaining notable fans from Florence Pugh to Paul Mescal, Bon Iver to Madison Cunningham and even Lewis Capaldi for their crafted and confessional writing style. Now the duo announce their biggest UK and Ireland tour to date, from Belfast to Manchester, culminating at London’s KOKO on 12 December. Flyte will also be supporting Half Moon Run on their 15 date European tour, and Rayland Baxter on his 16 date USA tour.

Singer and guitarist Will Taylor and bassist and vocalist Nick Hill continually inspire musicianship onstage by inviting their artist community on tour, having sold out Lafayette in minutes last year, and Shepherds Bush Empire. Flyte have welcomed everyone from Bombay Bicycle Club, Holly Humberstone, The Staves and Mystery Jets to perform alongside them, whilst the duo are regarded as one of the UK’s greatest lyrical talents, penning songs with artists including Sigrid, Madison Cunningham, Miya Folick, Courtney Marie Andrews and poet Simon Armitage.



Taylor and Hill met at secondary school, eventually settling in Hackney, London. Taylor’s parents were both English teachers and inevitably, various literary influences trickled into the duo’s music – the band taking its name from Sebastian Flyte of Evelyn Waugh’s ‘Brideshead Revisited’. Flyte released critically acclaimed ‘The Loved Ones’ in 2017, recorded with Burke Reid (Julia Jacklin, Courtney Barnett) in the Australian outback, which explored the ways in which people struggle to process love. The album’s crafted storytelling and ambitious harmonic arrangements earned it the title “Best British debut of the year” from the Sunday Times.

Following the emotive 2019 EP ‘White Roses’ featuring The Staves on the title track, their 5* (Independent) second album ‘This Is Really Going To Hurt’ (2021), took them out to Los Angeles to work with Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Bon Iver). This brought out a more simplistic and confessional approach in their writing style and focused entirely on the aftermath of a break up. Flyte have teamed back up with Sarlo, this time in London’s famous Konk Studios, to record their most confident and collaborative work to date, releasing through record label Nettwerk (Miya Folick, Matt Maltese).

Download Flyte Album Artwork Here

Track List:
1. Speech Bubble
2. Defender
3. Press Play
4. Don’t Forget About Us
5. Perfect Dark
6. Even On Bad Days
7. Tough Love ft. Laura Marling
8. Amy
9. Chelsea Smiles
10. Better Than Blue
11. Bedtime Reminder

Half Moon Run European support tour

20 Sep            Het Depot, Leuven

21 Sep            Live Music Hall, Köln

22 Sep            Bataclan, Paris

23 Sep            Antipode, Rennes

25 Sep            L’epicerie Moderne, Lyon

26 Sep            Kaufleuten, Zurich

28 Sep            Freiheitshalle, Munich

29 Sep            Alte Feuerwache, Mannheim

30 Sep            Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin

2 Oct               Pumpehuset, Copenhagen

3 Oct               Fabrik, Hamburg

4 Oct               Doornroosje, Nijmegen

6 Oct               Tivolivrendenburg, Utrecht

7 Oct               Oosterpoort, Groningen

08 Oct             Musiekgieteru, Maastricht

Rayland Baxter USA support tour

21 Oct             Woodlands Tavern, Columbus OH

22 Oct             Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo NY

23 Oct             The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON

24 Oct             Thunderbird Café, Pittsburgh PA

26 Oct             Portland House of Music, Portland ME

27 Oct             Webster Hall, New York NY

28 Oct             The Howard, Washington DC

29 Oct             The Jefferson, Charlottesville VA

3 Nov              Haw River Ballroom, Saxaphaw NC

4 Nov              Orange Peel, Asheville NC

5 Nov              Bijou, Knoxville TN

7 Nov              1884 Lounge, Memphis TN

8 Nov              Delmar Hall, St. Louis

9 Nov              Raccoon Motel, Davenport IA

10 Nov            Wooly’s, Des Moines IA

11 Nov            Varsity, Minneapolis MN

Headline tour

13 Nov            Chicago          

14 Nov            Los Angeles

16 Nov            San Francisco

18 Nov            Portland

20 Nov            Seattle

21 Nov            Vancouver

30 Nov            Belfast             Ulster Sports Club

01 Dec            Dublin              Workmans Club                     

03 Dec            Edinburgh       The Caves

04 Dec            Glasgow          Oran Mor

05 Dec            Newcastle       The Cluny                              

07 Dec            Liverpool         O2 Academy 2

08 Dec            Manchester     Gorilla

09 Dec            Leeds              The Wardrobe            

11 Dec            Nottingham     Bodega

12 Dec            London            Koko

13 Dec            Cambridge      Portland Arms

14 Dec            Bristol              Strange Brew                         

16 Dec            Brighton          Patterns

17 Dec            Oxford             O2 Academy 2