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Balloon Ride Fantasy

BRF
(Self-Released)
Release Date: July 20, 2018

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Sexy robots and fictitious creatures like the human bird are brought to life through the music of five-piece synth pop/new wave band, Balloon Ride Fantasy, based in Pittsburgh, PA. The band has crafted a sound of dreamy vocal harmonies that soar over rich, synth-heavy instrumentation and catchy, danceable beats. Inspired by fantasy fiction and pop nostalgia (Prince, MJ, Labyrinth, Bladerunner), their imaginative lyrics explore futuristic dream worlds. The group will soon debut their third release, the six-song EP BRF, which continues the evolution of the band’s colorful sonic escapade. Balloon Ride Fantasy’s new music video for their EP’s second track, “Arcadia,” was recently filmed at Pittsburgh’s famed Evaline Party House and features an initiation party for a mysterious cult, run by a lioncorn leader. The lioncorn being the band’s mascot, which is a lion/unicorn hybrid.


What started as a duo between longtime bandmates, Balloon Ride Fantasy’s songwriting foundation is the team of lead singer/producer Chris Olszewski and prolific guitarist/synth player Phil Conley. Dynamic and pop-friendly lead vocals by Olszewski are complemented by the background vocals of Bethany Conley, Phil’s wife, who was initially drawn to the early BRF demos she’d heard while living across the globe outside of Seoul. A golden Craigslist find and holding down the low end, bassist Brad Schneider creates slick, enchanting and energetic riffs. The band practices at Schneider’s home on top of the city in Pittsburgh’s iconic Mount Washington neighborhood. Rounding out Balloon Ride Fantasy’s sound is keyboard and synth player extraordinaire Jordan Wood, who also programs and synchronizes lighting for the band’s live shows. You may know Wood from his appearances in TV shows such as HBO’s Mindhunter and NBC’s Downward Dog.


Balloon Ride Fantasy’s performance highlights include 2016’s Thrival Music Festival, where they shared a stage with The Chainsmokers, Chvrches, and Metric. They also opened for The Naked and Famous at the Feed More Festival in 2017. After releasing their self-titled album in 2015, Balloon Ride Fantasy were selected to play the prestigious National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show in Anaheim, CA. That same year, the band made it to the top ten Semi-Finals (out of over 300 national artists) in the “Land the Big Gig” Contest for Milwaukee’s Summerfest. Their songwriting has been recognized by the Indaba Music Community, and several songs from their 2011 debut, Monocle City, were licensed for use on the Microsoft Surface tablet.




Closer to home, the band has achieved substantial local success. They have been featured in several music festivals (including the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Strip District Music Fest, and Picklesburgh), as well as enjoying regular airplay on local and regional radio. Perhaps their favorite honor to date is the “2015 Album of the Year” award from music blog Sound Scene Express.


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