Canadian Alternative Rock band Autopilot are playing a show at The Northside Tavern tonight! Known for their thoughtful lyrics, powerful hooks, dynamic stage show, and obsessive hard work, they somehow seem to effortlessly walk the line between passionate art and massive appeal. Over the course of 3 full-length albums, and one EP, they have become road warriors, touring relentlessly across Canada and the U.S.
We were excited to catch up with Marlon Harder of Autopilot prior to the show!
What can fans expect at a live Autopilot show?
Expect a high-energy show from a power trio with a wavy, washy sound relative to Silversun Pickups and pop-rock elements reminiscent of the Strokes. You’ll catch me using a bow on my Stratocaster to achieve a wall of sustain within that sound.
As road warriors, what have been some of your most memorable experiences on the road?
There really are countless memorable shows and we always have a great time at the big festivals like Mesa Music and Jersey Shore, but some of the most interesting things happen between shows on the road. Following the video shoot for our single Weightless in Southern California by the Salton Sea and Salvation Mountain, we got a motel in some strange town. It was so dark and while having a couple drinks in the parking lot, we spotted a UFO that disappeared in a hurry. Another time, we ended up with a flat tire and had to walk a long way to get a tire iron. We didn’t find out until after that we were right at the plane crash site where Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens died. Just a couple of the interesting things that have happened while driving across America.
What is next for Autopilot?
We’ve got two new music videos ready to drop and one more in the works for songs off our most recent record, Afterglow. We’ll be in the studio early 2020 to work on another release, as well as getting out on a couple more US tours in February and May.