In 2013 Pilod launched its first album #sunnyforecast.The shared love for alternative guitar music drove us, a trio from Leuven (BE) to launch our debut. Three years later and with a new drummer, Pilod composed a second workpiece #blackswan. After playing almost 100 concerts in 5 different countries, with highlights in its homecountry at Botanique (Brussels) en Trix (Antwerp), Pilod got to know its ambition.
In September 2012 Pilod rose from the ashes of “The boy Outside”, the band that Christophe and Frédéric finally joined after having played for years separately in the music scene of Leuven. Together with Valerie Stoens (drums) they founded the new band. After months of writing, jamming and giving concerts, they finally launched their well-received debut album “Sunny Forecast” (2013), full of creaking and squealing guitar sounds with a melancholic touch. Thanks to the input of sound engineer, and in the meantime friend, Steven Crabbé, the band’s typical sound was refined.Valerie decided to leave the band in the summer of 2014. Pilod searched for a replacement, which they found in Geert Luyts, an old acquaintance. The chemistry was intense, gave the music a firmer sound and resulted in a series of new songs.
Pilod released its second album “Black Swan” in which the theme of the black swan, the impact of the highly improbable appeared. Wringing guitars and hidden melodies, which go back to their early roots in the 1990ies, are still the basic features of the music, but have evolved into a different sound thanks to the new line-up. Whether it is somber urgency, threatening explosiveness or a hypnotic procession pace, the songs take their time to develop and receive a direct and intense impact when played live.
Every album a new drummer? It looks that way. Geert left the band in September 2018 after playing 4 years with Pilod. The search for a third member was not easy, because Pilod's music is very intuitive and coming together as a band is very important, all the more so because there are only 3 musicians. Timo, the leading member from the heavy-psychedelic jamband Rivercrest (also Gloed) understood quite easily Christophe and Fré. He impressed firmly so Pilod is currently (only) working on new material with the new drummer. No concrete plans for an album are made yet, but they will certainly come up. Priority is given to creating. New concerts will be scheduled end 2019.
Music lovers and critics about the album "Black Swan"
- OOR Magazine, February 2017
Pilod maakt indruk met een verdomd eigenzinnig karakter.
- Cutting Edge, November 2016, (4 stars)
- Damusic, November 2016
"De zang en de gitaren slagen er geregeld in om barsten te veroorzaken in de korst van bas en drums om dan hoog op te spuiten als een mengeling van gas en tefra uit een vulkaan."
- De Wereld Morgen, December 2016
"Belgische band die met haar nieuwste plaat laat horen dat eigenheid gelijk kan staan aan kwaliteit. Pilod vliegt een geheel eigen route..." (luisterpost: te ontdekken muziek van 2016)
- Snoozecontrol, December 2016
"Black Swan is een plaat geworden voor fijnproevers. Die met een open geest naar muziek luisteren. Muziek, die harten breekt en zielen tot intense ontroering weet te brengen. "...
- Gonzo Circus, January 2017
is fan van nummers zoals Black Swan and apprecieert de DIY mentaliteit. The magazine tells their readers to listen to our dark atmosphere driven melodic guitar rock.
- Enola, January 2017
“Als Sunny Forecast hun visitekaartje was, dan is Black Swan de compacte en uitgepuurde verderzetting daarvan…Met het sober roterende “Victory At Hand”, het krappe en strakke “The Heart” en het verassend catchy “Blind Date” wordt in poppier regionen uitgehangen...”