For Airways, “rather die trying to make it than die not trying to make it!” is the band’s ethos. Perfectly in line with their ethos, the story of Airways is one about taking chances and risks.
The story of how Airways formed is an unusual one. Singer/Songwriter Jake Daniels was on a writing trip in Los Angeles building his repertoire of solo songs, and crashing at his manager’s house. On night one of his stay, Jake met Chicago native Brian Moroney, who also happened to be staying in the same house while on tour as a drummer. The two hit if off famously and at the end of the trip, half-serious, half in jest, Jake invited him out to the UK to help start a band.
Two months later, Brian left his home in Chicago and was standing on Jake’s doorstep in Peterborough, UK.
Add in Jake’s long-time hometown friend Alex Ruggiero on guitar and Birmingham musician Jamie Reynolds on bass, and Airways was born.
In early 2016, Airways released their first single ‘Ghost Town’, a song that reflects on today’s society being immersed in technology.
Rather than wait for something to happen, the band got proactive and sent the song to all of their favorite online blogs. They were surprised to get replies, but even more surprised by how positive they were, including being described as "a young, refreshing and exciting indie rock band with hints of Arctic Monkeys, Cage The Elephant, Gorillaz and Circa Waves”.
‘Ghost Town’ was picked up by Charlie Ashcroft at Amazing Radio, the track surged to the top of the poll on his Audition show to find a regular place on the station’s playlist, with John Kennedy picking up the track for Radio X, together with plays across a number of BBC Introducing shows.
Follow up tracks ‘One Foot’, ‘Starting to Spin’, and fan favourite ‘Alien’, kept the buzz around the band growing with several top Spotify playlists, radio plays from Radio 1, SiriusXM, Triple J (AUS), and Absolute Radio. The band quickly landed tours with Nothing But Thieves, The Hunna, and Sunset Sons, plus festivals including Reading and Leeds, Mad Cool, Waterpop and South By Southwest and a headline tour which saw them perform to packed clubs in London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Vienna, Berlin, and Cologne.
For their brand new release of songs ‘Trampoline’ and ‘The End’, the band enlisted Dom Craik from Nothing But Thieves who brought a uniquely modern, fresh, and darker sound to the band’s clever lyrics. Front-man Jake Daniels says of the more mature sound, “"We got together to play music, and that means anything we like. We’ve got support on the indie circuit so far, but we have no intention of staying in one lane.
With 10 Million Spotify streams and 400k+ monthly listeners, International festivals and tours under their belts, plus an arsenal of new tunes ready to go, Airways are set to seek and destroy every venue they come across, picking up new fans and plaudits along the way, all the while knowing life is about taking risks and chances…and they’re okay if they die trying.