Every Time I Die, The dillinger escape plan, norma jean
Angus Long - Vocals, Jake Long - Guitar, Tim Lawrence - Guitar, Nick Evans - Bass, Eli Green - Drums
The Chariot, Shai Hulud, Pantera
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Life Pilot is a band that is unmistakably 'themselves'. This exciting Adelaide band was made for the sole purpose of playing heavy, in-your-face rock music with explosive live performances to match. Life Pilot began its days as a side project for Jake & Angus Long of Adelaide's Math/Metal heavy-hitters, Dogs With Bees In Their Mouths after working with fill-in drummer Eli Green in 2011. Brothers Long brought Green and his go-to bassist Nick Evans in on their project and Life Pilot began performing & recording in early 2012. The band spent a short time as a four-piece until recruiting Tim Lawrence (Ex-Embodiment 12:14) to fill out their line-up. Since it’s inception, Life Pilot has forged a strong reputation for their impressive performance style and powerful sound. Drawing inspiration from the phenomenal live energy of The Chariot, the musical complexity of The Dillinger Escape Plan & the no-fuss Rock'n'Roll attitude of Every Time I Die, this unique blend of characteristics is what makes Life Pilot such an strong act that never fails to impress. Through Life Pilot’s debut release,‘2012 EP’ & their well-received ‘Compass Split’, the band has received solid airplay on Triple J Programs: short.fast.loud, The Racket, Home & Hosed, Unearthed & Triple J’s Digital network, Unearthed. Topping the Unearthed Metal charts in 2012 with ‘I Won’t’, and a #2 with ‘By The Book in 2013, Life Pilot has been nominated for Triple J’s ‘Best Heavy Release’ and was selected as a featured artist by Triple J in the lead up to their performance at SoundWave Festival in 2013. Currently touring the country & producing their next release, Life Pilot is a band to keep a close eye on. ‘An absolute nugget of Gold!’ – Stu Harvey, short.fast.loud ‘From the intro of the opening track, you know this band can’t fail’ -NewNoise ‘Tech Heads should check them out immediately’ – Brian Griffin, LoudMag
Aggressive Adelaide 5-piece Life Pilot are one the winners of our Soundwave competition. They'll be bringing their blend of metal, hardcore and southern rock to the main stage at Bonython Park, Adelaide at 11am this Saturday 2nd March.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Angus and Jake Long (vocals and guitar) were keen to ditch the 8 string guitar breakdowns and pig squeals from a former band to do something more honest and relevant. This new direction took influence from the music they listen to day to day, which is more ‘Hard/Southern Rock’ like Every time I Die, Pantera & The Chariot. The addition of Eli Green and Nick Evans (Drums and Bass) helped this become a reality; their style was so well suited to this idea, it was like a match made in heaven. Not long after the recruitment of Eli and Nick, Tim Lawrence was brought in as a second guitarist to fill out the sound and bring more metal to the group. As a band we're very diverse in our influences, and we try to create a sound that resonates with people while still making music that is unique and interesting for us to write and perform. Of course, we also love bringing 'the kill' to a live show. We started out a little more straight-up southern-rock than we are now but gradually shifted into doing what felt more comfortable to us under the mantra of "being ourselves". As we found a little more metal creeping into the band it seemed to balance with the southern inspired hardcore sound we were already working with. People have said that we toe a fine line between metal & hardcore and I think that's a fair statement. We're very mindful of what "Life Pilot" sounds like, and we try to stick to it without favouring one genre or the other while keeping consistency in our sound.
You’re one of the winners of our Soundwave competition and are opening the main stage at 11am this Saturday 2nd March. What can Soundwave attendees in Adelaide expect from the Life Pilot live show?
As you can imagine we’re really excited to be given the opportunity to play such a massive festival alongside some of our biggest influences and idol bands. We doubt we’d have won if it weren’t for the support of one Triple J presenter in particular, Stu Harvey who has supported us ever since we sent him our demo. So an official ‘thanks mate’ to Stu, we owe you one. As for the show, you can expect an aggressive, high energy & very physical performance with the big sound to match. We'll be bringing the energy of our small stage show to the mammoth Soundwave main stage and we'll give our absolute all on the day. While we’re doing everything we can to show people who we are and what we're all about, we’ll be having the time of our lives. There's every chance that the show will end with broken instruments and broken band members.
Who are some other bands in the Australian heavy music scene that people should be checking out?
We've got a split coming out with Perth heavy-hitters, Statues, next month. They're a phenomenal live act, extremely talented musicians and we’ve got a lot of love for those boys. Closer to home, we're big believers in the small roster of southern-rock/hardcore bands that have arisen out of Adelaide: Mara Jade, A Ghost Orchestra & One in the Chamber are all excellent bands that deserve to be known and celebrated. In the East we’re quite fond of Safe Hands from Sydney who are stopping off in Adelaide at the end of their national tour to play our Split CD Launch on March 30 and Culprits from Melbourne who impressed everyone at Down & Dirty 2012 in October last year with some great music.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and by who?
The best advice we've been given and could possible give anyone can be reduced to three simple words: ‘be your self’. It has been said by many people but struck a chord when spoken by Petey Green on something as basic as how to eat a watermelon. This expression has been a motto of the band from the beginning and is instrumental in how we write our songs, perform our material and live our lives.
What’s coming up for you in 2013?
Obviously, Soundwave has our immediate attention, but also from early March we'll be taking pre-orders for our split with Statues (WA), entitled Compass, which will be released on 13.3.13. We'll be launching that in Adelaide on March 30 at the Crown & Anchor with Safe Hands (NSW), and the other Adelaide bands we mentioned earlier. After the launch we’re looking at touring interstate, as it's something we haven't done with this band and we're itching to do it. There are whispers of a self-funded U.S. tour at the end of the year as we’re keen to reach audiences abroad. Throughout the year we’ll be in the studio, tracking our next EP/Album. Pre-production has already started and we're really stoked on how some of the new material is sounding.
Australian music is…?
...something to be proud of, and invest in. Australian music offers a lot of diversity and talent within a wide range of genres. The heavy scene is becoming more popular than ever with ARIAs being awarded to heavy acts, and festivals like Soundwave are much more present in the public eye. There are heaps of local acts and talented artists just outside your doorstep that are hard working and more than willing to go the extra mile to make their career a reality. It's worth supporting and worth protecting. We're well aware that we wouldn't be as fortunate as we are without people getting behind independent Australian music.View Profile Hide Interview