On 'Escape Through The Trees', their first CD on Drip
Audio, Copilots have captured a sound that is familiar,
unique, eclectic and cohesive, tapping deep into elements of pop, psychedelic,
punk and classic rock. Escape Through The Trees documents the group moving
forward into new sonic territory from its original release, further
exploring the talents of the band members' gifted songwriting and musicianship.
Copilots are a five piece
rock band from Vancouver, BC. Formed in 2005, their debut self-titled
(2007) CD received glowing reviews across Canada. The band is Skye
Brooks - guitar/vocals (Inhabitants, Fond of Tigers, Veda Hille,
Ndidi Onukwulu), Pete Schmitt - bass/vocals (Inhabitants,
Josh Martinez), Chad MacQuarrie - guitar/vocals (DarkBlueWorld,
NOW Orchestra, Carol Pope), Karma Sohn - keys/vocals
& Dylan Smith - drums. There is an interesting history
to some of these Copilots as Skye Brooks is known for his explosive drumming
skills with his JUNO nominated band Inhabitants and the genre-busting
Fond of Tigers. Skye also regularly backs up unique songstresses such
as Veda Hille, Ndidi Onukwulu & Jill Barber. With Copilots Skye picks
up the guitar and steps in front of the mic. Chad MacQuarrie once led
the critically acclaimed hardcore band Karen Foster that now backs up
Carol Pope on her Western Canadian dates.
These musicians backgrounds are equally rooted in creative/improvised
music as well as the many facets of rock and roll. Their adventurous spirit
reveals itself in memorable melodies, propulsive and seamless odd time
rhythms, and dream-like lyrisism that explores the subconsious, human
nature and the power of wilderness. A restrained intensity simmers throughout
their performances, at times boiling over into ecstactic abandon.
...psychedelic, anthemic and fierce. - The Province
"...engagingly off-kilter rock."
"...a loud rock exercise filtered
through the keen ears and eyes of warped musicians more in tune with improv
then the ol' verse-chorus-verse model." - Hour (Montreal)
"...a cracking little record."
- Soundproof Magazine (**** stars)
...a welcome combination of tightly structured songs and the urgency
that arises when a group approaches it's sonic canvas without fear...
Copilots deliver a bright message of hope in a way that is authentic,
rocking, and never precious. - Music Emissions
"...fuses subtle yet never subdued
psychedelic melodies with some of the most pungent riffage Canadas
west coast has ever played host to." - Skope Mag
"Powerful in punch and huge in sound...
Copilots have made a self-assured and strong sophomore album that should
not go unnoticed." - Discorder
Review: Skope Mag
Review: Soundproof Magazine
Review: Music Emissions
The Georgia Straight
Rocky Mountain Outlook