CMJ Style Essentials with In-Flight Safety

by Taj Reed

The 2014 CMJ music festival has descended upon New York, which means yankees will once again discover a fleet of Canadian Indie-Rock bands tip-toeing toward mainstream recognitionmore—think Arcade Fire circa 2004. This year, In-Flight Safety, based out of Halifax, hopes to shred its way to similar success.

We talked style essentials with the group’s vocalist and guitarist, John WD Mullane, who, with his bandmates, has traveled the 900 miles—or 1450 kilometers for our Nova Scotian readers (thank you Google Maps)—to the Big Apple for a week of music mayhem. Here’s what he had to say.

New York in fall is right in my fashion wheelhouse.

I'm bringing two pairs of jeans and they are both All Saints Tochigi Cigarettes in black. I don't even remember if I have any other jeans because that's pretty much all I wear.

I've got my yearly re-up of Converse monochromatic black high tops all ready to go. I'll break them in with the Bowery Street grime. Best kind of grime.

Gotta have my Fossil brown leather duffle bag so I can feel like Ryan Gosling getting off of a private jet.

I'm always with my American Apparel black rayon button down. There's a 100% chance that I will be wearing that on stage. Those are good odds.

And last but not least I have un-closeted my G-star Wool navy trench. It says: "Yes my coat is sadly worth more than most of my guitars."

The band has already developed a buzz in their native Canada after dropping their latest album “Conversationalist” earlier this month. Check out the full project below and be sure to catch them live through October 23 for CMJ.

Words: Taj Reed