New Pilot is a 5 piece indie/alternative band hailing from outside Boston, MA. The boys just released their third studio album "Looser" in May, 2012.
"...New Pilot is a band that falls under the all-encompassing indie/alternative tag and it doesn’t lose a thing by that categorization. Hailing from just outside Boston, New Pilot has a great chance of reaching the upper echelon of the wandering indie elite and it seems to have the drive to do just that.
The band consists of Johnny Wheeler on keys and vocals, Sean McKinstry on guitar and vocals, Kevin Outland on guitar, bass and vocals, Matt Soper on bass, guitar and vocals and Justin “Jubba” Beauregard on the drums. The fact that each member is so instrumentally diverse lends itself well to this style of music and the character it provides does not go unnoticed to the listener.
New Pilot has been a band for the last six years and its most recent release, “Looser” will be the group’s third release. The band will have a record-release show on May 18 at the Lucky Dog Music Hall on Green Street. Previous to this, the band released a five-song EP titled, “Double Time Warp Sessions” and “We can’t put it together; it is together,” their debut release.
“Looser” was recorded in 2011 at RMI studios. It was produced and recorded by Bill Ryan. The band lists some grade-A songwriters under its influences. Musicians such as Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, John Lennon and Paul McCartney top the list, as well as a refreshingly eclectic list of bands like The Who, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, The Band, Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, Nirvana and the Talking Heads. What is great about the content of “Looser” is that while you can’t disregard the influences that the band references, they aren’t shamelessly pulled from, but rather tastefully utilized and New Pilot produces a very distinct sound. Outland remembers his time in the studio fondly, saying, “We have such a good time in the studio…there’s a feeling of excitement because you’re listening to your tracks detached from your instruments for the first time. You really get to dissect and analyze a tune with a level of depth you can’t otherwise. What is this song on the most fundamental level? We can deconstruct a song to its skeleton and build it back up. We learn a lot about our music, its potential and limitations and the recording process in general every time we go in.”
Outland says that the band has four songwriters and it is to the bands absolute credit, while all of the songs on “Looser” flow together nicely, it is as if they meander through a breezy indie forest, taking their time to look up at the trees and down at the forest floor. In direct opposition to the strict songwriting structure that many bands take, goosestepping straight ahead with a singular vision and a verse, chorus, verse, repeat mentality....." --Joshua Lyford, Worcester Magazine