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.
Thank you Pillar Point, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout