IN MUSIC WE TRUST says "From peaks and valleys, to the eye of the storm, the songs of MYTWILIGHTPILOT capture the imagination and keep you involved from the melodic implications through the soaring guitars and windstorm rhythm section crashing down on you. Their high-octane, fuel-burning gas engine kicks your ass time and time again as you find yourself in the eye of the storm."
In 1980, a film by the name of 'Urban Cowboy' took the nation by storm.
The star, John Travolta, traded his white polyester suit for a black Stetson; disco for a mechanical bull; and found work at a chemical refinery plant in a dirty, South Texas suburb called Pasadena. This is the city in which MYTWILIGHTPILOT was born. Luckily, comparisons between the two stop there. However, midway through the film, the character Uncle Bob is struck by lightning while working at the refinery. -- MYTWILIGHTPILOT sounds very much like what Uncle Bob 'blowing up' might sound like. Uncle Bob's life may have been peaceful; but like MTP, peacefulness usually blows itself up eventually.
"It's hard growing up directly across from a refinery town: constantly living in the shadows of the immense, tangled, and towering spires of the aging refinery plants. It's just all so otherworldly that it's hard not to be influenced by it -- especially since eventually you learn to just accept it as normal," remarked the band's guitarist Matt Jackson. And faring from the superheated Texas gulf coast (the band now calls nearby Houston home), MYTWILIGHTPILOT completes a long legacy of Texas psyche-rock outfits: beginning with the legendary 13th Floor Elevators, and leading up to the present with Dallas' Bedhead, Mesquite's Comet, and Austin's Sixteen Deluxe. . . all now unfortunately inactive.
With an extended musical resume that includes five ex-members of numerous unnamed indie outfits, MTP forms a democratic stronghold against the media's regenerative 'talking head' machines and radio's current preoccupation with image over content, style over substance, and spectacle over depth. Wrestling intricate melodies from silence, they create extraordinarily literate music that shines brightly with an intensity before it explodes into spiral shards.
And they do it it LOUDLY.
Regarding the band's songwriting process, Jackson went on to say sSometimes we'll discuss a song's overall structure before even writing a note of the music, then we draw a road map for where we'd like to go. Other times, we'll assemble songs together from disparate and completely unrelated four-track sessions taken from a week's worth of previous rehearsals. Then we'll stitch the wholly unrelated pieces together like a quilt, just to see what will result. Sometimes we'll improvise for hours to come up with ten seconds of material that we like, and we'll keep that, toss the rest and start over. We're constantly rewriting and experimenting with our songs, just to see how we can corrupt them next."
Though the band formed recently at the beginning of 2002, they display a sober maturity that far outweighs their young age. Within months of formation, they were already sharing stages with well-known national acts such as Luna, Varnaline, Rye Coalition, Kinski, Centro-Matic. . . as well as international artists, such as Japan's Mono. After the band's first few dynamic live performances, they were quickly nominated by the Houston Press as Houston's Best New Band.
In the spring of 2003, MTP was signed to Feel Records in New York City. The label will be releasing their debut effort, simply titled '555' (after a local Texas death cult). . . but the music captured within the digital data on this disc is anything but simplistic. These songs are beautiful, dazzling, and often mind-numbingly frantic melodic masterpieces. -- Once you feel their melodies carrying you into a calm headspace, the band then bombards your consciousness, snatching away everything you find comfort in by destroying all expectations and exposing your deepest fears with sweeping blasts of pure white noise.
The word EPIC rarely comes to mind when describing bands in the year 2003. But with just four songs clocking in at a whopping 32 minutes in length, '555' is a stellar and wickedly ambitious debut from one of the loudest live bands in Texas, if not the nation. The band will be touring in support of '555' throughout the fall of 2003.
MYTWILIGHTPILOT is an atmospheric rock band. Welcome to the new modern age.