Band of the Week - Pilot This Plane Down
Ever wondered how/why Examination of the… went from their chaotic screamo stylings to the more Neurosis laden The Whitest of Elephants? Me neither, but Pilot This Plane Down could serve as the perfect non-linear missing link. Before I confuse you, I’m not saying either band share any members or anything like that. The common denominators here are experimental ambient screamo and slow crushing meanderings. PTPD just manages to blend them all on to one record(s). Whether it’s building a 20 some-odd minute song (Airs EP), or separating the ambient tracks from the structured songs (Glory of the World LP) Pilot This Plane Down quickly and noisily attack before paralyzing you with the lulling ambiance only so they can drag you down and stuff you under a rock. Every song weaves into each other so well and after getting bombarded by a song like “Conquest,” the bleed into the softer sung, prettier “Decline” is seamless. Don’t get caught napping or scratching your noodle asking “how the fuck did we get here?” because you will be knocked on your ass wondering where your socks went.
Where they started: 2004’s Airs
Where you should start: Glory of the World is just the more complete record as well as having the better quality recordings. Airs forces you to listen to the whole EP (seeing as it is just one song) whereas GOTW’s songs can stand on their own, but you kind of want to listen to the record as a whole anyway.
Essential Song (aka only one I could find, but still a good one):
Although these guys haven’t released anything in almost 3 years, there have been rumblings of new material being written and shows being played. Also, member(s?) of Pilot This Plane Down were in a band called Day of Less whose contributors have gone on to form Gaza and Bird Eater among other Salt Lake City bands.