Tommy and the High Pilots land in Columbia

The band will play Aug. 22 at Mojo’s

By Megan Suddarth

Published Aug. 22, 2011

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Home is close yet so far away for the men of Tommy and the High Pilots. They’ve been touring the country for the past two months–rocking crowds and gaining fans with their upbeat rhythms and clever lyrics.

“We’ve been on the road for about two months,” lead singer Tom Cantillon says. “We’re in the last week and a half before we head back out to Cali.”

Although touring and selling out shows seem to be time-consuming, this talented foursome still somehow finds time to sit down and produce more awe-inducing melodies. The band is planning on releasing a new album in the near future.

“We’re working on a bunch of new songs,” Cantillon says. “The hope is that when we’re home for a little bit in September we flush out as many songs as we can. The hope is that by the end of the year we have enough songs recorded that we can start really talking about how we’re going to make the next record.”

Finding time to write those songs is a bit difficult when you’re on a schedule like theirs, but not impossible.

“I’ve been writing as much as I can,” Cantillon says. “But creativity suffers a little bit on the road because you’re so busy. When I get good song ideas and I don’t have another outlet I just call my phone and I’ll just be singing the melody into my phone, which is pretty funny when you’re walking around a mall.”

Many fans may consider “Where to Start” from their EP, American Riviera, their best song yet, but a young up-and-comer may give it a run for its money.

“I think ‘Where to Start’ is one of our best songs,” Cantillon says. “But we have this new song, ‘Young and Hungry’ that blows it out of the water. For me, personally, if every song I write isn’t better than the last one, then I scrap it.”

Not only are they working on new songs, but also a new music video. A video for their song, “The Limit,” from American Riviera is currently in production.

“We’ve already filmed the bulk of the video,” Cantillon says. “We have the whole storyline, and actually Matt Palermo wrote out the storyline. We just need a little bit more footage with the actors.”

All the hard work and effort the guys have put forth has paid off.

“We just found out that Sawhorse Sessions charted on Billboard,” Cantillon says of their latest EP. “We’re in the Heatseekers chart and we’re in the top 200 records this week. It took me a second to digest that – it was pretty cool.”

Through hectic days and crazy nights, the boys still take time to enjoy the little things in life.

“I have a fresh plate of hash browns waiting for me inside,” Cantillon says. “It’s my favorite thing in the world, I could eat hash browns all day.”

Published by MeganSuddarth

"Not all those who wander are lost." -Tolkien

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