Pilot Speed Too Good
It seems Pilot Speed opened the Annuals Show last night in Seattle, and left a great impression on the Seattlest, they proclaimed, "Pilot Speed Is Too Good to Be An Opening Band." Did anyone catch the show? I will have to check out this band from Toronto, CA.
Pilot Speed hail from Toronto and have actually been around since 1999, but until mid-2006 were known by the name Pilate. They'd gained all sort of awards and accolades for their first two albums, but decided to change their name to avoid legal issues. Based on last night's performance it's not hard to see how they gained such praise.
At first we wanted to write them off as Just Another Opener, but after a couple of songs things really got going. The sound at times felt overly familiar (oh, this sounds like Snow Patrol, that sounds like The Stills), but it wasn't familiar to the point of boredom. The lead guitarist exhibited a healthy mix of skill and showmanship, and the rest of the band looked incredibly put-together. In all it was an incredibly solid, enjoyable performance, and if we had to guess, once the KEXP set catches wind of them this band is poised to blow up. Their latest album (actually a re-release) is Into the West on Wind-Up Records if you want to jump on the hype train early.