Treading Water - 25.06.2021
With influences from The Sex Pistols to Oasis, Berlin-based Ponte Pilas brings to the fore what rock 'n' roll is really all about: unhealthy amounts fun. The Scottish-Ecuadorian quartet place sharp-edged riffs next to irresistible melodies to make their songs highly infectious. Their latest single, “Treading Water”, marks an introspective turn in the band’s direction, trading high-octane chaos for a more stripped back, soulful and slow-burn epic.
“The song is a raw, gut-punch of emotion that builds from singer Calum Bolland reflecting on a period of ennui and alienation over a bluesy guitar refrain. The band coalesce around a lazy groove that grows in intensity through the song before erupting into a jagged, electrifying guitar solo that brings a moment of cathartic epiphany: there is still hope.”
Written early last year, when the band’s touring plans for the year had been cancelled and the enormity of the challenges that 2020 would bring was just hitting home, the song reflects a time of transition into an entirely unfamiliar world. Recorded live, restrained musical arrangement and production elements drive this home alongside a bare, vulnerable vocal take.
With echoes of the Black Keys and the Dead Weather, the song is a throwback to rock’s blues roots in style but with a distinctly modern sound. The themes are particularly resonant, with stagnation and languishing being experienced by so many worldwide. The climax of the song serves as a would-be salve for this, a soaring, hopeful rallying cry to a possible future.
The four members of Ponte Pilas have been recording music together since 2017. The latest recording was done exclusively with original 60s and 70s equipment at Impression Recordings in Berlin. Together with recording engineer Robbie Moore (Florence & the Machine, Babyshambles), mixing engineer Andy Baldwin (Björk, Oasis, The Who) and mastering engineer Mandy Parnell (Paul McCartney, Depeche Mode), this latest single represents another important development in the band’s journey.
Berlin-based rock ’n’ roll band Ponte Pilas, namely Scottish frontman Calum Bolland and Ecuadorians Daniel Rivera (drums), Ismael Rivera (lead guitar) and Alejandro Iturralde (bass), formed in February 2017. With catchy guitar riffs, a driving rhythm section and anthemic choruses, the band’s chaotic live shows quickly earned them a reputation as one of Berlin’s most exciting up-and-coming groups.
Drawing comparisons to Oasis, the Hives and the Stooges, Ponte Pilas’ music shows a keen ear for musical hooks and combines elements of both contemporary and classic rock. Their lyrics are cinematic in scope, with influences such as Hunter S. Thompson and Charles Bukowski. These songs are performed live with an intensity and energy that works audiences into a frenzy.
Having played legendary Berlin venues such as SO36, SAGE Club and selling out a headline show at Musik & Frieden, last year Ponte Pilas toured throughout Germany and Europe. With a very simple philosophy, to make each show as wild and unique as possible, Ponte Pilas make the music that they love. Support tours with The Wedding Present and The Legendary Tigerman followed.
Awarded the 2019 ‘Listen to Berlin’ Public Prize by the Berlin Music Commission, along with a showcase at the Most Wanted: Music convention, the band are garnering industry acclaim. Having enjoyed a German tour with post-punk starlets King Nun, the band recorded a new E.P. ‘So It Goes…’ with Impression Recordings’ Robbie Moore in June 2020. This will be released, following singles from the record, in early 2021.
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Single #4 - Treading Water
Part of EP 'So It Goes'