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ABC027 - All The Dead Pilots "Steady Not Static" CD - $10 PPD

The sophomore release by All The Dead Pilots.

01) Steady Not Static  
02) Empire State MP3
03) All The Dead PIlots  
04) Crossection  
05) Flamethrower  
06) Piano Song  
07) Small Like Mountains  
08) Sparkler  
09) Empty Lesson  
10) You're Last  

Steady Not Static


All summer this was one of my favorite records. "Better Late Than Never" is in my head all day whenever I hear it… An exciting band, catch them if you can! All The Dead Pilots are a Baltimore area band that sometimes holds close to the post-Fugazi "sound" of the DC Dischord area, while often being more straight ahead & not afraid to pop it up a bit. But fuck all that shit, This Is Better. Fucking rhythmic, surging taunting & tensing, good screaming that you can actually decipher… Sparky. Very sparky. For those who have never heard them: I recommend All The Dead Pilots if you like Burning Airlines or Jets To Brazil even a little bit, m'kay? Because they're better than that second horrid Jets album, & better than most of the first record by Blake's band too… and I haven't listened to the third album enough yet to say anything concerning that one… And, the important thing is, I LOVE Jets To Brazil, the band is good shit, but All the Dead Pilots makes paltry cracker crumbs of them with this album. At the same time, they're not even really comparable. I wish I had more pizzazz with the English language so I could describe them mo' betta. (5 Stars)
- reviewed by GY, Torpedo Magazine

Long fighting the tide against lesser bands on bigger labels with higher profiles, Baltimore's All the Dead Pilots have released the best album of their career that is simultaneously more commercial than anything they've yet done, and yet still true to the band's quirky formula. With the exception of the eponymous meandering third track, the staccato guitars make all the songs here more rhythmic, more cohesive, and more memorable than anything the band has released prior. As a veteran of Wilmington, NC's W.E. Fest, I look forward to seeing this band once a year - their powerful guitars and the sight of the singer raving like an evangelical preacher in a back brace are odd as well as intriguing. I have mentioned this band's similarities to Tool (and now a Perfect Circle) here before, and anyone who is into these bands will definitely wanna check out A.T.D.P.
- reviewed by Johnny Puke, Jersey Beat

Dark, driving and angular moodiness punks out between evil metal vocals here. Steady fluctuates between sparse dynamics that whisper secrets to full on raise your fist rock. The band manages to pull in some nice sounds: The intro to "All the Dead Pilots" is beautiful, like whispered static against mellow guitar and tick tock reverb drums. Then all of a sudden we beak into a strange mathy XTC-meets-Gang of Four vibe, with vocals that still seem to want to break out into a Pearl Jam or a Tool song. But it's like the singer keeps catching himself just in time --- then the guitars go all "rawk" for a second, and he loses it in a sea of upraised lighters. With more mood-math and less straight rock, you've got yourself a great band.
- reviewed by Marcel Feldmar, Big Takeover Magazine

Without pussy-footing around the subject, All the Dead Pilots quite simply make good rock music. Easily Lost in the Present , the debut album from these Baltimore natives, boasts a respectable nine tracks on a CD tipping the scales only a shade over 30 minutes. And no, this isn't punk.

Fused together is a compilation of well crafted, densely packed songs that, if any longer, would not work together. In short, All the Dead Pilots' songs play like poets write; quick, concise and not wasting a damn bit of space.

Acting like a band putting out their third album instead of their first, they pack in songs that sound great without repeating themselves. Yeah, you can trace a common root through the entire album, but the songs play differently enough that you forget that this is their first album together. Granted, all four band members are veterans of other bands, but still…

Their songs inhale deeply with the occasional breather to let your ears cool down. They are the melodies of spring nights in beer gardens and small club venues where you wish more bands played: not so hard that your ears bleed but with enough verve to remind you that rock music is alive and kickin'.

The best thing about Easily Lost in the Present remains its absolute brilliant chemistry. Dave Ort's vocals knife through the soundscapes produced by his band mates like silk. Accompanying him is Paul Ort's frantic guitar, Greg Anderson's deft bass and the drums of Chris Smith that never ever seem to quit. When they come together, you get one hell of a ride you can bob your head, tap your foot and pump your fist to.
- reviewed by Jonathan Dirksen,

I have been following All the Dead Pilots since a random CD of theirs showed up in my in tray and subsequently circulated with my mainstays for quite a while. Hailing from Baltimore, the band draws it’s namesake from William Faulkner’s Collected Stories. The band evokes a sense of urgency within its framework of raw textures and intelligently crafted music. The best representation of who All the Dead Pilots are is on track two, “Empire State,” a romp through indie-rock and retro-rock with stomping drums and driving guitar-lines.

The comparisons on Steady Not Static are many but the output is refreshingly original. Think Sunny Day Real Estate meets Jawbox, and a prepubescent Soundgarden. The production value is high here. The instruments seem to pierce through much better than many major label releases these days. The vocals are still fairly unpolished at times, which reinforces the band’s indie-rock leanings.

All in all, All the Dead Pilots have put out a strong release that extends their sound from before. This is a definite pick-up for someone wanting to get into indie-rock but still clutching a rock footing.
- Indie

All The Dead Pilots, whose name is taken from William Faulkner's Collected Stories, play modern rock. If that sounds a bit simple, I apologize. The sounds on this disc range from gentle melodies surrounded by spoken word style vocals to crashingly discordant Fugazi-esque numbers, to jangly guitar driven indie rock in the vein of Burning Airlines. Their press sheet details these same comparisons, but they are readily apparent to fans of either band.

Dave Ort has a very appealing singing voice. It's not boy band pretty, nor is it full out metal assault screaming. It's range covers delicate, melancholy, angst-ridden and angry. Jay Novak, Paul Ort and Greg Anderson surround the vocals with very competent indie rock. Musically you've heard the sound before, but it's crafted well enough to allow you to ignore the familiarity in favor of the good listen.

"Flamethrower" is an interesting track that at times reminds me of Sense Field and at others Tool. It's a track with a wide range of vocal skill, sometimes raw metal ballad style, sometimes emo prettiness. "Steady Not Static", the title track, has the appeal of Fugazi with more aurally pleasing vocals. "Crossection" has the jangle guitar appeal of Burning Airlines with passionately hard emo vocals.
The closing track, "You're Last" breaks in with the sound of shattering glass followed by a rollicking guitar onslaught. This is a great modern rock sound with almost nu-metal vocal aggression and a great rhythm. Don't yank that disc from the player too quickly...there's a bonus track that kicks in after about 20 seconds of silence.
- South Of