Boston's Air Traffic Controller is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Dave Munro who spent time in the U.S. Navy serving as a real-life air traffic controller. Munro sent home 4-track demos he had written and recorded during his deployment. After his enlistment was up, Munro returned to hometown Boston and discovered an impressive number of fans, prompting the genesis of the aptly named band Air Traffic Controller.
The Boston-based six-piece creates refreshing, modern day, indie rock sound resembling The Decemberists, and fuses its compositions with unforgettable pop sensibilities in the vein of Petty, McCartney and Springsteen. Munro keeps it honest, with autobiographical lyrics and well-crafted storytelling reminiscent of classic singer/songwriters such as Paul Simon and Cat Stevens.
Having a home-run success on Kickstarter and raising over $12k to support the production of NORDO. The team once again teamed up with producer Bleu and made a brilliant indie pop record that can call up musical references to Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons and Brendan Benson. Taking advantage of band member Steve Scott's experience with composing, the band went the distance and recorded with a forty-piece orchestra on the song "Blame." This new album also features band member Casey Sullivan singing on two duets "You Know Me" and "Any Way."
Air Traffic Controller recently stopped by the BreakThru Radio studios in NYC and performed a selection of songs from NORDO, checkout the video below;
Photo by Mark Battle