On Monday 13th April 2020 Pilotcan release their new album ‘No More Shan Goodbyes‘. A collection of twelve new songs recorded in Leith, Scotland, with Idlewild’s Rod Jones on production duites, during 2019. This record comes out in less than 18 months from the critically acclaimed ‘Bats Fly Out From Under The Bridge’ and is notable for the return of original guitarist, and founding member Joe Herbert. Where as it’s predecessor focused on songs written in Austin, Texas, and recorded with a shifting line up, this new record was conceived much closer to home.
Front man Keiron Mellotte, was writing songs and collaborating with bassist, Ray Taylor when he noticed a common thread.
“I had characters and ideas in my head that seemed to come from a period when Joe and I lived in a student flat in Viewforth. They dealt with the loss of some of those individuals, but mostly, with a fond nostalgia for those times. As we started to rehearse them Joe rejoined the band and everything seemed to fall into place.
We used to listen to a lot of Echo & The Bunnymen, Jesus and Mary Chain, Lemonheads and music that had strong melodies. The more I worked on the record, the more it seemed to move back to those characters and times.”
The Post Rock, Shoegaze, Folk elements of ‘Bats Fly Out From Under The Bridge’ gave way to a more direct songwriting approach.
‘No More Shan Goodbyes’, their fifth record is the sound of a band still in love with their pedals but with a confidence and melody as strong as ever. From the Pavement/Bunnymen rush of ‘Romanticise The City’ to the Sparklehorse indebted Rock of ‘CHUD Song’, there is a rich vein of form throughout.