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Toronto, Canada (1999 – 2006)

Originally formed as Pilate in 1999, the Toronto-based rock quartet changed their name to “Pilot Speed” in mid-2006, in order to avoid possible lawsuits as their music spread internationally from their native Canada. Pilate were born in 2000 after vocalist and New Zealand native Todd Clark left the music program at the University of Western Ontario where he’d been studying and placed an ad online for potential bandmates. Bassist Ruby Bumrah, a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, answered the call, bringing with him fellow alums Chris Greenough (guitar) and Bill Keeley (drums). Citing influences like Crowded House, Radiohead, and U2 for Pilate’s especially sweeping brand of melodic rock — not so dissimilar to acts like Keane, Coldplay, and Snow Patrol — they released the six-song EP For All That’s Given, Wasted in the summer of 2001. It quickly sold out its initial pressing and established the guys as players in the Canadian music scene.

They then landed opening slots on shows for Broken Social Scene, DFA 1979, and Hot Hot Heat, and received the honor of Best Unsigned Band at the 2002 North by Northeast music conference (Canada’s version of SXSW in the U.S.). Soon after, Pilate inked a deal with indie MapleMusic Recordings, which then released their full-length debut, Caught by the Window, in 2003. The album produced two hits on national radio and MuchMusic, as the guys toured North America, Australia, and Japan. Their follow-up, Sell Control for Life’s Speed, appeared back at home in mid-2006, after which the band changed its name to Pilot Speed.


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  • aldrignedigen

    NHL 07 ! [2] Awesome track

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • okach1

    NHL 07 !

    21 Feb 2014 Reply
  • flavinhomt

    "Alright" was in the 02x13 on One Tree Hill

    27 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Tr1ploid

    "Alright" was used in a popular Belgian tv show. That's how I know them.

    26 Jan 2011 Reply
  • JoshLehman

    @Ediepedia: Actually they changed their name to Pilot Speed for legal reasons. Per the wikipedia entry... "On June 26, 2006, the band posted a message on their site stating that, due to legal restrictions, they decided to change their band name before it incited lawsuits from companies outside Canada. As a result, they altered their name to Pilot Speed". Phenomenal band regardless of their name.

    23 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Ediepedia

    @Drumkey: That's because they've changed the name- Pilot Speed is the "new" one (since 2006) :) They didn't like the fact that after typing "Pilate" in google the results were mostly fitness clubs offering pilates;)

    28 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Aldous41

    14 Jul 2009 Reply
  • drumkey87

    Such a great band but how come they are so hard to find on google? I can't even find their website! They must have never made it big

    3 Jul 2009 Reply
  • JustinSoto

    i loveeeeeeee 'em. :) they remind me a lot of Radiohead; i'm surprised it isn't one of their similar artists...

    21 May 2009 Reply
  • aisytenjou

    Отличная музыка

    12 May 2009 Reply
  • mhunke

    new album is great

    1 May 2009 Reply
  • mhunke

    They'll always be Pilate to me. [2]

    30 Apr 2009 Reply
  • anglakinb

    i love when you sang songs and then i followed your voice and tried to feel your sadness and your heartbreak, anyway, it was for a long time, now i still dont want to delete "caught by the window" this album, this album is the important one for me, it means a part of the periods in my whole life, your songs used to makes me cried every night

    24 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Nic33rd

    They'll always be Pilate to me.

    20 Apr 2009 Reply

    i just love their sound.

    3 Feb 2009 Reply
  • etsirt

    The guy has a voice like ... melted chocolate.

    13 Nov 2008 Reply
  • emretrkylmz

    fuckin amazing band. love it !!

    8 Sep 2008 Reply
  • AlternateRaiL

    Wow, really impressive band, reminds me of the first Augustana album, but Barely Listening has Muse-esque vocals too. Yeah, good stuff.

    17 Jun 2008 Reply
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    9 Jun 2008 Reply
  • soldyourSOUL

    Who gives a shit if they're underappreciated. Just listen to the music and support them, it's better they be unknown than have a bunch of bubbleheaded fans running about giving them a bad name (as a lot of other bands' fans tend to do). A Kind Of Hope is my fave song by them. The vocals during the verses are crazy good.

    29 Apr 2008 Reply
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