The Business of Flies is an unpredictable journey through a rock and roll dreamscape, led by lead singers Zach Jones and Cliff Usher. After the band broke up in 2007 producer/songwriter Cliff Usher went on to form Birdlips. Here's what the University of Virginia newspaper had to say about it: Nobody's 'Business:' local band releases first, dreamily ambient album The Business of Flies' 'Kamikaze Dreamer' sounds like The Postal Service meets Bright Eyes The Business of Flies hails from Vienna, Va. and is composed of several University students. The album was produced, recorded, engineered and mastered by band member Cliff Usher in his bedroom here at U.Va. It is definitely evident that it was an independently produced record, but in a refreshing way. It sounds professional and still has a unique, not-overly-produced sound. In fact, the only problem I had with this album was the alarm clock used in the end of the title/introductory track; it caused intense flashbacks to 8 a.m. classes earlier in the week, which is never a good kind of nostalgia. Kamikaze Dreamer is a good album for many reasons, but I have to say the lyrics -- and one song in particular, 'The Perils of Being Young and Idealistic' -- created in me an instant affinity for this album. Part of what contributes to The Business of Flies's individualistic sound is the use of violin and saxophone. They also utilize everyday objects for ambient noises. On their MySpace profile, the band describes their sound as 'Bush playing songs by The Postal Service.' They're close to the mark. Several songs do exhibit qualities similar to The Postal Service and also to indie sensation Bright Eyes. Kamikaze's songs echo the same storytelling aspects found on any Bright Eyes' album, yet they remain individualistic vignettes. The Business of Flies' talent and originality exude out of lyrics such as 'At sunset the day seems so clear / we don't wonder what it took us to get us here / everything we've been and everything we'll be / is summed up in this moment in the color we see / in moonlight the shadows fall like tears.' Another thing that sets The Business of Flies apart from other rising acts is their unique blend of vocals. The lead vocals are provided by the different-sounding Cliff Usher and Zach Jones -- whereas Jones brings a rock vibe, Usher feels more laid-back. This difference in vocals and the addition of the band's talented instrumentals creates a refreshing resonance. After multiple listens, it is still astounding to me that this was recorded from Usher's bedroom. Kamikaze Dreamer not only almost made up for me getting flashed by an old man but is also an amazing album that proves the ability and skill of The Business of Flies. - Tyler Zang, The Cavalier Daily March 23, 2006.