Sunday, February 24, 2013
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Blind Pilot
Song:We Are The Tide
Album:We Are The Tide
Blind Pilot started out as a folk duo in 2006 and then became a full band in 2009. We Are The Tide is their latest CD. They are from Portland, OR. Lead singer and guitarist Israel Nebeker and drummer Ryan Dobrowski first met in college in 2006 and started playing local clubs. They decided to move to Astoria, OR and record some demos. They released an EP and did a bike tour from Bellingham, WA to San Diego playing shows and selling CDs. When they returned home, they signed with local indie label Expunged Records and released the 2008 CD 3 Round and a Sound. Then they added four members and became a full band in 2009. They are Luke Ydstie on bass, Kati Claborn on banjo and dulcimer, Ian Krist on vibraphone and Dave Jorgensen on keyboards and trumpet. They were all on the CD but hadn't toured with Blind Pilot. In 2009 Blind Pilot toured the US and Europe opening for Gomez and Counting Crows. Then they toured with The Decemberists in 2010. They released an iTunes only live EP. This was not released on CD. And they toured music festivals. They finally returned home and We Are The Tide was released Sept. 2011. They recently appeared on Ellen on her birthday episode. Apparently they are her favourite band. Those who enjoy groups like The Decemberists should also enjoy Blind Pilot. I like the use of vibes, dulcimer and ukelele. It distinguishes them from other bands. We Are the Tide is available as a budget CD. Here is Blind Pilot performing We Are The Tide in the Bing Lounge Sept. 13, 2011.