Pilate w/ Matt Mays and El Torpedo|
Call the Office, London, Ontario
Mar 20, 2004
Begin with a crowded venue at maximum capacity – the kind where doors open at nine and the show begins at eleven. Matt Mays and El Torpedo, from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, step onto the stage to play their set: a comfortable combination of folk, rock and country. They have guitar solos that will quickly move them from the stage as a supporting act to a headliner, well worth the two-hour wait.
Pilate’s debut album, Caught by the Window, is still beginning to gain recognition. Their set involves, basically, their entire album. Somewhere in the middle, they play “Into Your Hideout” and the crowd jumps in with immeasurable insanity. The clapping masses, egged on by the band, find the up-tempo single a pleasant pick-up from the generally sombre set. It is beautiful, though.
With the same ethereal longing that rings on the album, the band slides through track after track of lullaby-calm melodies, easing the crowd into restful observance. Nothing about the show is false or mechanical. The band finds their place in the nighttime aura, finishing with “Alright,” a song about letting go of love. The set is perfect.