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Biography

Flying Nuns was an American indie band most active during the 1990s. Formed as a trio in 1989 in Connecticut (and eventually becoming a quartet), the band moved to Boston, Massachusetts.

Delivering a loud, clangy, post-punk rush, cloaked in a slightly melancholy context, it was apparent that Flying Nuns' sonic inclinations were drawing significant inspiration from another set of Beantown boys done good, Mission of Burma. This comparison was further validated with FN bassist and mouthpiece Kevin Sweeney evoking Roger Miller's urgent, world-weary vocals, to a near fault at moments. Bailter Space, and to a lesser extent The Wedding Present and The Wipers also informed the bands palette. Like the aforementioned, The Flying Nuns didn’t skimp on hooks, albeit they were often of the barbed variety.

They released "Yard"/"Shirt" in 1993 and the much better circulated Matador Records release, the Pilot ep, in 1995. During their stint on Matador, The Nuns pined for greater things to come, but twas not to be, and the band was unceremoniously dropped when the burgeoning label co-opted themselves with Atlantic and Capital Records. In 1998 they released a self-titled ep that included a convincing interpretation of the Joy Division classic "Disorder." In 2002 they finally got around to releasing a bona-fide full-length, Everything’s Impossible Now These Days, on Q-division records.

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