Band of the Week: Corner Pilots / by Nigel Rumsey

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Who: Corner Pilots

On their website, the Corner Pilots describe themselves as ‘a no-nonsense rock band hailing from Surrey’. A description which makes them sound less than they are. It may be factually correct but it smacks of being a little ... suburban and their music certainly isn't. A no nonsense rock band from New Jersey or Detroit, yes. A no nonsense rock band from London or Manchester, maybe, but Surrey! I guess if you are an aspiring rock band from the leafy suburbs there’s not a lot you can do about it - apart from maybe leave it off of your website.

Rock means so many different things to different people. To Death Metal fans it’s not rock unless your ears are bleeding in the first 30 seconds and it’s so loud it feels like your head has been anaesthetised for at least a day after. This is not that sort of rock, this is the rock of The Enemy, Arctic Monkeys or Royal Blood.

The band comprise Dan Stafford - vocals, guitarists Josh Bennett and Jake France, Ben Mawdsley on bass and drummer Reece O'Brien.

When: There’s not a whole lot of information about the band online, they were formed in 2014, there are a few a tracks on Soundcloud going back just over a year.

What: In an if-you-like-that-you’ll-like-this way the Corner Pilots remind me of Jack White post The White Stripes, which is a very good thing in my book. They write all their own music, which is something I’m thinking of making criteria for entry here.

... this is the rock of The Enemy, Arctic Monkeys or Royal Blood.

The difficulty for a relatively unknown band, doing their thing, trying to get gigs locally is the proliferation of cover bands on the pub circuit. You can understand the attraction if you run a town centre boozer, between major football competitions what better way to pull in the crowds than an Oasis or Beatles cover band knocking out the hits. It doesn’t really matter if they’re not that good, a couple of chords into Wonderwall most of the pub has joined in and you can’t hear the band anyway. So fair play to those pubs who do make the effort to showcase local bands or the likes of Corner Pilots would find it far more difficult to come to the fore.

Why: I need to be better at making a note of how I come across bands, I’m afraid I’m going to have to plead ignorance on this one.

Where: They seem to be gigging around London fairly regularly. They’re playing as part of an Absent Kelly Emerging gig at the O2 Islington on 8 July 2016.

Have a great week. Have any new music you’d like to recommend? Hit me up at @nigelrumsey