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Taking inspiration from all forms of music, it can be hard to pin this band down. Elements of dance, indie, and cranked-up rock make their way into everything that is Desperado Pilots. The driving principle of experimentation through rock and pop is crucial to the band philosophy, disguising the music that you love in ways that just might make you think twice; carrying the torch of Monty Python. "Now for something completely different..."
In April 2017, the debut EP "EL(EP)HANT" was released, the first voyage into their sonic identity. A three-song romp through the serene, the abrasive, and the groovy, with some tongue-in-cheek lyrics, strange imagery and messages of hope in times of despair. Each song represents a different watermark for the early period of the band, the 3 songs highlighting just how diverse their musical stylings could be. Loud, messy, and full of attitude, it was the first step the band would take on their creative journey.
In the Summer of 2017, the Desperado Pilots met up with producer Shawn Barnes to record the single "Bon Voyage". The song released to even greater reception than the previous EP, and it marked a turning point for the band. After finishing their round of touring in the late fall, the boys took a break from gigs in order to hone in on a new era for their project.
With a new direction, the band set about recording new material with a DIY approach. Guided by previous producer Shawn Barnes, the boys recorded their latest single "Don't Look Behind You" themselves at their home studio - a shared space with local Edmonton talent Arkavello. It marks a drastic departure from the pop-drenched earworm of their last single, but with just as much explosive energy. The message is clear: expectations are not allowed. There are more surprises around the corner, as the Desperado Pilots continue to record new music to culminate in a release early next year. Be prepared.