Pilotdrift Plays, LAist Eats Honey
To say the least, Supergrass played flawlessly with a crowd that refused to leave until they got an encore, despite lead singer Gaz Coombes’ voice pretty much gone by the end of the show. But we’re here to review Pilotdrift, the opening band.
As promised, they came on stage at 9:00 p.m. on the dot. The audience, who had gathered seated on the floor, simultaneously stood up and crowded the stage the exact moment Pilotdrift entered. It felt just a little creepy and planned, but then again, Pilotdrift’s new website is just a bit creepy to navigate.
In their 40 minute set, Pilotdrift swooned the audience and picked up many new fans. Live, they are a little more homey and garage-like than their polished CD, but we liked their nonchalant style and stage presence. Drummer Ben Race probably has one of the fastest clean and single stroke tom-tom rolls (he also played keys on the first song). Lead singer Kelly Carr stayed house right the whole show and while his angular movements won’t compare to Alvin Ailey, they were quite cool to watch. All in all, they are down to earth, make beautiful music and we hope they are back in L.A. soon.