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Pilot Speed

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Biography

Originally formed as Pilate in 1999, the Toronto-based rock quartet changed their name to “Pilot Speed” in mid-2006, in order to avoid possible lawsuits as their music spread internationally from their native Canada. Pilate were born in 2000 after vocalist and New Zealand native Todd Clark left the music program at the University of Western Ontario where he’d been studying and placed an ad online for potential bandmates. Bassist Ruby Bumrah, a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, answered the call, bringing with him fellow alums Chris Greenough (guitar) and Bill Keeley (drums). Citing influences like Crowded House, Radiohead, and U2 for Pilate’s especially sweeping brand of melodic rock — not so dissimilar to acts like Keane, Coldplay, and Snow Patrol — they released the six-song EP For All That’s Given, Wasted in the summer of 2001. It quickly sold out its initial pressing and established the guys as players in the Canadian music scene.

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Top Songs

Total plays on Last.fm over the last 6 months
  1.  
    Lyrics
    Lying awake on this phone call
    She's dreaming of better days
    Flowers lie on the counter
    Remind her of better days
    She sends a prayer up to Jesus
    Barely Listening  -  67,499 plays
  2.  
    Lyrics
    Tonight I lack the strength to even move
    When you walked, now watch me die
    For I know this is harder for you
    For love has let you down
    Yeah c'mon
    Alright  -  96,088 plays
  3.  
    Lyrics
    I've made it, my dear face it,
    I still kiss the darkness
    What I've wasted, I still taste it,
    I'm sickened and hardened
    I'm gonna tear, I'm gonna tear your walls down
    Into Your Hideout  -  21,943 plays
  4.  
    Lyrics
    Broken bottles in the doorway
    and I've been thinking have it your way
    Take the night train right to Jersey
    I'll leave you broken, I'll leave you wealthy
    oh these eyes
    Put The Phone Down  -  21,492 plays
  5.  
    Lyrics
    I dreamed a garden full of light
    just you and a man in white
    And he tears the apples from your eye
    just to allegate your eyes
    Wait for the moment
    A Kind Of Hope  -  18,484 plays
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