British guitar band Pylo recently spoke with A Music Blog, Yea? to discuss their personal music recommendations, evolving as a band, trading places with Slipknot, and their forthcoming release The Woman EP. With The Woman EP scheduled for release on March 31st, it’s the perfect time to get antiquated with Pylo’s uplifting and anthemic work.
AMBY: Hello Pylo, please introduce yourselves to the readers of AMBY.
Pylo: We are a 5 piece rock band from Bath, England.
AMBY: You’re releasing The Woman EP in late March of this year. What were some of the highlights you had while recording it?
Pylo: We recorded out at our manager’s farm in the beautiful rolling Somerset hills, away from everything. We had complete space to experiment with ourselves and our music. It all moulded into one brilliantly strange experience. There were times of unifying euphoria and others of complete detached, almost obsessive solitude. James disappeared one night, only to be found in the barn talking with the horses.
AMBY: What’s the meaning behind the title The Woman EP?
Pylo: ‘Woman’ was one of the first songs we wrote after our first release, it definitely felt like there had been a shift forward in our song writing and understanding. It set the platform and feel of the whole EP, along with the cover art by the incredibly talented Dean Fidelman it just felt right. Strong beautiful and intriguing.
AMBY: The new songs on the EP are very uplifting. What were your influences on this new EP?
Pylo: There wasn’t any particular exterior influences for the record, it’s more that we have been growing as friends, musicians and people, just exploring what turns us on, we just went with it. It was a very organic and passionate free flow almost as if we were internally influenced by each other, as musicians and as people.
AMBY: You have a great knack for writing anthemic choruses (as displayed in your song Young). When it comes to the creative process, how do you start writing a song and who writes what?
Pylo: There is never a set layout for the writing, James will often bring a melody and some chords with a generalised idea of direction and colour, other times we will have mad 3 hour intoxicated Pink Floyd-esque jams, that we pull maybe 20 seconds from.
AMBY: How do you feel you’ve evolved as a band since the release of your first EP Bellavue?
Pylo: I feel we have a greater understanding of song. One of our main focuses is to ensure our music still holds all its weight with just the basic chords behind it, not relying on quirky effects or abstract structure to make something sparkle. We have a strong desire to steer from being cemented to a scene or a sound and just want to be known for writing timelessly good songs.
AMBY: Where did the name Pylo come from, and what other names had you considered for the band?
Pylo: James came up with it a few years back before we were even a band. He recalls feeling compelled to write the word down late one night sensing that it held a peculiar charge. When this band came together James offered Pylo as the name, we instantly fell in love. It was one of those special moments where everything perfectly aligns.
AMBY: Who have you been listening to lately? We saw your music recommendation for The Family Rain, they’re fantastic.
Pylo: Personally I have been spinning the new Jon Hopkins record ‘Immunity’ it’s beyond words. ‘Abandon Window’ is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have heard, it’s terrifying.Our best friends are in a band called The Bronze Medal who are definitely worth checking out !!!
AMBY: If you could trade places with another artist in the music industry for one day, who would it be?
Pylo: Slipknot or Limp Bizkit, how fucking fun would that be.
AMBY: What has you most excited for 2014?
Pylo: Getting this record out and playing for people. Just playing to a room of strangers who all have their own lives, stories and perspectives, with the opportunity to share even the briefest fleeting moment of unity and complete consciousness through music is a blessing.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Pylo that nobody knows yet?
Pylo: We have one of The Wurzels singing on the EP.
Thank you Pylo, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout