The Raccoon spoke to Matthew Aldus from Bath-based band Pylo about their formation, playing Dot To Dot Festival and the perils of shooting a video on a beach.
Hey Matt, tell us who Pylo are.
We are a 5 piece band from Bath made up by myself, James Scott, Richard Gully, Max Blunos, Johan Jorgensen.
How did you guys meet, were you friends before you formed a band?
We have all known each other for a long time, a few of us played in bands together growing up and eventually we just crossed paths; it was all a very organic process.
Describe your sound in three words.
That is almost impossible but I would hazard a guess at rich, honest and delicate.
You recently played Dot To Dot Festival in Nottingham, Manchester and Bristol alongside the likes of Dry The River, Swim Deep and Lucy Rose, how was that?
It was great to be asked and fantastic to be a part of something so much bigger than just one show. The music and the line up all set a very high standard, so to be a part of that was an honour.
How important are festival slots for getting your name out there?
They are fantastic! You get such a mix of people, audiences can know who you are or be completely unassuming of your craft, so it’s a great place to make new fans and while putting on a show for old ones. Plus they are always just a lot of fun!
You’re headlining Club NME at KOKO on May 31st, are there any other major dates lined up?
We have a great team behind us working so hard to make our dreams come to life, which we can never be thankful enough for, we are playing some great independent festivals like Truck and Y Not and there are a load of dates being worked on as we speak.
How’s work on your debut album going?
We are planning our album and have a mass of songs to get through so in that respect it is going well but we want to concentrate on getting our Ep out first.
Your single ‘Enemies’ has over 40,000 views on YouTube, did you ever expect to get so much attention?
It was a surprise to watch it go up so fast! It’s overwhelming and very warming to know that people are listening to our music.
Got the sand out of your shoes yet?
Haha, it was a windy shoot and I think we were eating sand for days but I’m pretty sure we are rid of it now.
Interested in finding out more? Good, you should be. Head over to the band’s official website or check out their Facebook page. Whilst you’re doing that listen to their fantastic single ‘Enemies’ on YouTube.