Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Pillar Point

Pillar Point

Photo by Lauren Max

Seattle’s Pillar Point is set to release his self-titled album on February 25th, which is currently available for pre-order over on Polyvinyl’s site here. In a recent interview, AMBY spoke with the light-hearted and charming Scott Reitherman about honest lyrics, big ass drum beats, and inspirations…

AMBY: Hello Pillar Point, what have you recently been up to?

Pillar Point: Oh, hello.  I’ve been here waiting for you where have you been you’re late.

AMBY: How would you classify your sound to new listeners?

Pillar Point: It’s got lot of synths and big ass drum beats, thematically it’s about navigating a strange new teched out world and overcoming personal struggles, and in general it’s a 21st century spin on the Rosie the Riveter poster.

AMBY: You’re releasing your debut self-titled LP on February 25th. What can fans expect to hear from the forthcoming record?

Pillar Point: Hopefully people like the hooks and the vocals and the beats.  This record is a very personal one to me, so it would be a bummer if people hear and think I’m an asshole and that it sucks.

AMBY: When creating the album, what was your ultimate goal?

Pillar Point: Honest lyrics about my life mixed with lots of melodies and hooky hooks that force your body to move.

AMBY: Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration?

Pillar Point: It helps me to be alone, surrounded by instruments, and to have complete privacy.  You never know which keyboard or beat or guitar line is going to be the foundation of a new song. Then I get the blood flowing, maybe listen to something I like or remember something I heard recently, and I try to remember how that felt and what was good about it and how it moved me.  Then I start dancing around the room and singing.

AMBY: Where did the name Pillar Point come from, and what other names had you considered for the band?

Pillar Point: It is the name of the harbor I grew up next to in California, and it turns out is also I very beautiful little cove in Washington as well where I currently live and where when I visited I knew was the right name for me.

AMBY: Which other artists from Seattle should we keep our eyes on?

Pillar Point: Kairos, Kid Smpl, Pollens, Newaxeyes.

AMBY: What would a fortune teller predict about Pillar Point down the road?

Pillar Point: Who the hell knows! Gotta live in the now!

AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?

Pillar Point: Damn you! The hardest question of all! hmmm, I am going to say my labelmates Generationals and their record Heza, which is truly a record of depth, hooks, and soul.  You must listen to this album.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Pillar Point that nobody knows yet?

Pillar Point: Well you’re from Canada so I’ll tell you something that might endear me to your local readership and that is that I recently travelled to Tofino on Vancouver Island and got marooned there with car trouble during the Halloween week and at the end of my experience I was convinced that I will one day have to move to Tofino because it truly is the most incredible place inhabited by exclusively excellent and kind people.

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Thank you Pillar Point, for giving us your answers!

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Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout

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