Northern Ireland’s stoner rock trio Skypilot presents their third album »Simple Beasts«, out now via Distortion Project Records
Doagh, Northern Ireland based stoner rock trio Skypilot presents their third album, »Simple Beasts«, out on August 19th, 2022 via Distortion Project Records.
Listen to »Simple Beasts« now on all major streaming services!
03. Simple Beast
05. Jazz Klub
06. 8 In The Face
07. Through The Window
08. Knifed On The Beach
Born in 2002, Skypilot have been following their own distinct path through the past 20 years. Drawing their influences from a wide and varied collection of bands and genres Skypilot simply play what feels right, making them notoriously hard to pigeon hole into any one area of the rock music spectrum.
This approach has served them well so far. Numerous tours have come and gone with bands such as End Of Level Boss, Firebird, Gentlemen’s Pistols and Suns Of Thunder. Full UK tours with fellow NI band Stand-Up Guy saw Skypilot cement their reputation on the mainland and win new fans wherever they played. More high-profile gigs followed with the like of Brant Bjork and the Bros, Planet Of Zeus, Lionize and the mighty Corrosion Of Conformity, shows that boosted the bands profile and proved Skypilot are comfortable in the big venues, as well as the regular club stages and Bloodstock Festival in 2019.
With 4 EP’s and a full-length debut album under their belt, Skypilot showed no signs of slowing down. 2017 saw them play extensively in support of their 4 tracker, »EP4«. Not content to rest on their laurels, 2019 saw the release of the bands second full-length album, entitled »The Affront« which came out on Friday 7th June worldwide on CD, and digitally on all digital services.
In 2020, the band started working on new material and also partnered up with The Distortion Project to digitally re-release their 2007 debut album »Monument« across all streaming and download platforms. Like all bands Covid-19 restricted activity in 2020.
Skypilot didn’t remain idle in 2021 and once again worked alongside The Distortion Project to record the follow up to 2019’s »The Affront«. Taking just a week in Belfast’s Start Together Studios with renowned producer Rocky O’Reilly at the helm, they recorded 7 new tracks and rerecorded one old song. And, with restrictions finally lifted in Northern Ireland, the band took the stage once again. They made a most welcome return to the Limelight 2 in November and Voodoo Belfast in December for the launch night of newly reformed label, Distortion Project Records.
2022 marks the bands 20th anniversary and Skypilot wasted no time in marking that most auspicious of landmarks. They released a brand new single entitled »Octofuzz« on the 25th February and undertook a nine date UK and Ireland tour in April with classic rock heroes Blind River. In June the band announced that their third album, entitled »Simple Beasts«, will be released on physical and all digital formats worldwide via The Distortion Project, and Code 7 Distribution on Friday 19th August.
This was preceded by another single »Knifed On The Beach« in July 2022. If that wasn’t enough, they played an exceptionally well received show in The Limelight 1 on the 4th June to celebrate their 20th year as a band. With high profile slots supporting Nebula and Orange Goblin on the horizon, and a European and UK tour in the works, it’s never been a better time for Northern Ireland’s favourite vaguely proggy, kinda stoner-ish, big grooving 3 piece!
Order »Simple Beasts« here: skypilotofficial.bandcamp.com/album/simple-beasts
For fans of Black Sabbath, Clutch, Oceansize, Corrosion Of Conformity, Tool, Deftones, Fu Manchu, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin
Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well