Pylo are comfortable in each other’s company, from the stolen glances to shared triumphant smiles – these guys are friends first, musicians later.
The perfect blend of lazy sounding indie riffs and singer Matt Aldus’ striking-yet-haunting vocals reverberating through Thekla’s hollow heart, really does make for something special. It certainly had the small, but enthusiastic crowd gathered excited anyway – but in true, rock ‘n’ roll fashion, Bath boys Pylo couldn’t be more laid-back if they tried.
Not ones for the small talk, the five-piece smashed their way through their impressive eight-song setlist, cramming in a mixture of old and new material, as well as some unheard demos that went down a treat. The rich, anthemic ‘Enemies’ – probably the band’s most well-known single – set the atmosphere for the night ahead, starting off slow and building up to an explosive finish, which seems to be the band’s trademark style. That and a drumbeat so powerful it could almost punch a hole in your chest – no half measures for these lads, thank you very much. ‘Crying on Land’ and ‘Young’ followed in the same vein, the former a slow builder and the latter kicking off in all its synth-backed glory straight from the off, quickly becoming a crowd favourite with head-bobbers young and old.
With a stage presence similar to that of Editors frontman Tom Smith, Aldus oozes relaxed charm, delivering raw vocals effortlessly whilst twisting and bending all over the shop – his fellow bandmates equally as home on the stage surrounding him. They may not have much on-stage banter flowing, but it’s refreshing to see a band so completely comfortable in each other’s company, from the stolen glances to shared triumphant smiles – these guys are friends first, musicians later.
It is most likely that this friendship has influenced Pylo’s unique indie rock sound, giving each other the confidence to carve their own path through such a broad genre. As the tranquil closer ‘View’ kicks in, it’s clear that standing before us are five guys who are intent on making music for themselves, their own way – it must be a dream come true to see that other people dig it too.
Check out a bit of ‘View’ right here: