Development Series Vol. 5" (CD)
Not Static" (CD)
amBiguous CITY! Records
In The Present" (CD)
(Split Release with Hyphenated-American Records)
amBiguous CITY! Records
Festival 2002" (CD)
Eskimo Kiss Records
Dave Ort : Vocals
Jay Novak: Drums
Paul Ort: Guitar
Greg Anderson: Bass
With "Easily Lost in the Present",
All the Dead Pilots debut their efforts in their first full length
release after less than a year of collaboration. Having travelled
separate roads, these Baltimore veterans have come from such seminal
outfits as Onespot Fringehead, Moviegoer, Holy Rollers, and Skypup.
Despite their histories with these
bands, All the Dead Pilots, set aside what they have done previously
to create a truly unique sound unmatched by many established bands.
With powerful, yet very melodic vocals and the crunching power
of the truly complex drum parts, with the intertwining guitar
and bass lines working off each other, All the Dead Pilots are
able to cover a large spectrum of music lovers.
"Easily Lost in the Present"
was recorded at Noise Box Studios under the famed direction of
Shawn Overbey. After a few days of laying down the tracks, and
a few months of remixing and mastering, Overbey was able to produce
a melodic, rhythmic, musical masterpiece. For this record the
icing on the cake, is the incorporation of piano, organs, and
odd percussion devices not previously used in the live setting.
Hopefully, this will be the first of many records to come.
All summer this was one of my favorite
records. "Better Late Than Never" is in my head all
day whenever I hear it
An exciting band, catch them if you
can! All The Dead Pilots are a Baltimore area band that sometimes
holds close to the post-Fugazi "sound" of the DC Dischord
area, while often being more straight ahead & not afraid to
pop it up a bit. But fuck all that shit, This Is Better. Fucking
rhythmic, surging taunting & tensing, good screaming that
you can actually decipher
Sparky. Very sparky. For those
who have never heard them: I recommend All The Dead Pilots if
you like Burning Airlines or Jets To Brazil even a little bit,
m'kay? Because they're better than that second horrid Jets album,
& better than most of the first record by Blake's band too
and I haven't listened to the third album enough yet to say anything
concerning that one
And, the important thing is, I LOVE
Jets To Brazil, the band is good shit, but All the Dead Pilots
makes paltry cracker crumbs of them with this album. At the same
time, they're not even really comparable. I wish I had more pizzazz
with the English language so I could describe them mo' betta.
- reviewed by GY, Torpedo Magazine
Long fighting the tide against lesser
bands on bigger labels with higher profiles, Baltimore's All the
Dead Pilots have released the best album of their career that
is simultaneously more commercial than anything they've yet done,
and yet still true to the band's quirky formula. With the exception
of the eponymous meandering third track, the staccato guitars
make all the songs here more rhythmic, more cohesive, and more
memorable than anything the band has released prior. As a veteran
of Wilmington, NC's W.E. Fest, I look forward to seeing this band
once a year - their powerful guitars and the sight of the singer
raving like an evangelical preacher in a back brace are odd as
well as intriguing. I have mentioned this band's similarities
to Tool (and now a Perfect Circle) here before, and anyone who
is into these bands will definitely wanna check out A.T.D.P.
- reviewed by Johnny Puke, Jersey Beat
Dark, driving and angular moodiness
punks out between evil metal vocals here. Steady fluctuates between
sparse dynamics that whisper secrets to full on raise your fist
rock. The band manages to pull in some nice sounds: The intro
to "All the Dead Pilots" is beautiful, like whispered
static against mellow guitar and tick tock reverb drums. Then
all of a sudden we beak into a strange mathy XTC-meets-Gang of
Four vibe, with vocals that still seem to want to break out into
a Pearl Jam or a Tool song. But it's like the singer keeps catching
himself just in time --- then the guitars go all "rawk"
for a second, and he loses it in a sea of upraised lighters. With
more mood-math and less straight rock, you've got yourself a great
- reviewed by Marcel Feldmar, Big Takeover Magazine
Without pussy-footing around the subject,
All the Dead Pilots quite simply make good rock music. Easily
Lost in the Present , the debut album from these Baltimore natives,
boasts a respectable nine tracks on a CD tipping the scales only
a shade over 30 minutes. And no, this isn't punk.
Fused together is a compilation of
well crafted, densely packed songs that, if any longer, would
not work together. In short, All the Dead Pilots' songs play like
poets write; quick, concise and not wasting a damn bit of space.
Acting like a band putting out their
third album instead of their first, they pack in songs that sound
great without repeating themselves. Yeah, you can trace a common
root through the entire album, but the songs play differently
enough that you forget that this is their first album together.
Granted, all four band members are veterans of other bands, but
Their songs inhale deeply with the
occasional breather to let your ears cool down. They are the melodies
of spring nights in beer gardens and small club venues where you
wish more bands played: not so hard that your ears bleed but with
enough verve to remind you that rock music is alive and kickin'.
The best thing about Easily Lost in
the Present remains its absolute brilliant chemistry. Dave Ort's
vocals knife through the soundscapes produced by his band mates
like silk. Accompanying him is Paul Ort's frantic guitar, Greg
Anderson's deft bass and the drums of Chris Smith that never ever
seem to quit. When they come together, you get one hell of a ride
you can bob your head, tap your foot and pump your fist to.
- reviewed by Jonathan Dirksen, www.erasingclouds.com
I have been following All the Dead
Pilots since a random CD of theirs showed up in my in tray and
subsequently circulated with my mainstays for quite a while. Hailing
from Baltimore, the band draws its namesake from William
Faulkners Collected Stories. The band evokes a sense of
urgency within its framework of raw textures and intelligently
crafted music. The best representation of who All the Dead Pilots
are is on track two, Empire State, a romp through
indie-rock and retro-rock with stomping drums and driving guitar-lines.
The comparisons on Steady Not Static
are many but the output is refreshingly original. Think Sunny
Day Real Estate meets Jawbox, and a prepubescent Soundgarden.
The production value is high here. The instruments seem to pierce
through much better than many major label releases these days.
The vocals are still fairly unpolished at times, which reinforces
the bands indie-rock leanings.
All in all, All the Dead Pilots have
put out a strong release that extends their sound from before.
This is a definite pick-up for someone wanting to get into indie-rock
but still clutching a rock footing.
- Indie Uprising.com
All The Dead Pilots, whose name is
taken from William Faulkner's Collected Stories, play modern rock.
If that sounds a bit simple, I apologize. The sounds on this disc
range from gentle melodies surrounded by spoken word style vocals
to crashingly discordant Fugazi-esque numbers, to jangly guitar
driven indie rock in the vein of Burning Airlines. Their press
sheet details these same comparisons, but they are readily apparent
to fans of either band.
Dave Ort has a very appealing singing
voice. It's not boy band pretty, nor is it full out metal assault
screaming. It's range covers delicate, melancholy, angst-ridden
and angry. Jay Novak, Paul Ort and Greg Anderson surround the
vocals with very competent indie rock. Musically you've heard
the sound before, but it's crafted well enough to allow you to
ignore the familiarity in favor of the good listen.
"Flamethrower" is an interesting
track that at times reminds me of Sense Field and at others Tool.
It's a track with a wide range of vocal skill, sometimes raw metal
ballad style, sometimes emo prettiness. "Steady Not Static",
the title track, has the appeal of Fugazi with more aurally pleasing
vocals. "Crossection" has the jangle guitar appeal of
Burning Airlines with passionately hard emo vocals.
The closing track, "You're Last" breaks in with the
sound of shattering glass followed by a rollicking guitar onslaught.
This is a great modern rock sound with almost nu-metal vocal aggression
and a great rhythm. Don't yank that disc from the player too quickly...there's
a bonus track that kicks in after about 20 seconds of silence.
- South Of Mainstream.com
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