Robert Magallon feels that he is creating music that is reflective of his own musical tastes with Pilot The Mind.
The band's sound evenly balances spacey guitar landscape, with challenging bass lines and drumming. He says that he has been influenced by experimental act Coinmonster (from New Castle, Pa.) and the early '90s British act Placebo.
"Those influences are very different ends of the spectrum," Magallon said. "I think early on when we formed, we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted to do musically; however, we never intended to have vocals in our music, and now it's about 50/50 . We've also been looking at our writing in pieces rather than songs. That way it's easier to break from the traditional song structure and construct pieces of music the way it was intended."
The members of Pilot The Mind - Magallon, vocals, guitar, programs and keyboards; Chris Krejci, bass guitar, string bass, keyboards and vocals; and David Mauerman, drums, cymbals and tabla - have played in numerous heavy local bands in the past, including Alias X, Aura, Cyrus and Fascia. The band's sound is quite reminiscent of acts like Don Caballero, Slint, Juno, and Mogwai.
"Drummer Dave Mauerman and I have never really felt comfortable playing in a specific genre, we wanted to experiment, sonically, and with different genres," Magallon said. "We've been writing some material, making little detail changes to some of the old stuff and working on playing more in the regional sense, that's pretty much the plan for the rest of the year."
Pilot The Mind just completed a recorded session / video performance called The Mindrocket Project. It's a series of live-in-the-studio video performances recorded by Jimmy Martin, host of The Jimmy Fro Show podcast. These performances are in collaboration with Josh Roman, engineer, producer and owner of MindRocket Recording Studios in West Middlesex, Pa., and recorded at his studio.
When You Go
WHO: Pilot The Mind, Baker and Barstow and Khaled Dajani
WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Cedars West End, 706 Steel St., Youngstown
HOW MUCH: $5.
"The Mindrocket project was a lot of fun. Jimmy Martin contacted us, and we've worked with Josh Roman before in other projects. It gave us a chance to show what we do live and get some new music out there, and as far as our songs go, I think it gave people a nice view of the range we have as a band," Magallon said.
Magallon said that the band will be recording at Don't Touch That Studio in Boardman, which is owned and operated by audio engineer Larry Serb, who has recorded Ralph Rich and 5 Elements.
"We've been plagued with scheduling conflicts as far as a full-length album is concerned," Magallon said. "We have been working on it, though. It's all about getting the tracking done now."