Experimental rock band Idiot Pilot exemplified a group slightly ahead of its time in concept and execution. With a laptop and two guitars during a time when electronic rock was hard to find, they soared through countless tours and two albums with Warner Brothers Records, then crashed with the sudden announcement of an indefinite hiatus. The musical pair, made up of Michael Harris and Daniel Anderson, parted ways to Bellingham, Washington and Los Angeles, California
Now twelve years after their last full-length album (Wolves), there is a crackle through the static. Idiot Pilot has returned with a twelve-track album, Blue Blood, that promises both a return to form and a progression forward. The signature synthetic clicks and pops still churn through waves of electronica, and heavy crushing guitars could still cascade down out of nowhere, but with ‘Blue Blood’, Idiot Pilot are also proud to show their maturity without leaving behind the formulas and influences that garnered them attention in the first place.
But why now? Secretly recorded during weekend trips up and down the American coastline, the duo decided to experiment in the studio to see if time really heals all. At first, it wasn’t quite apparent if Idiot Pilot had returned or not, but as the songs began to form, Michael and Daniel quickly realized what was happening.
“When we’re writing music it feels like no time has passed,” says Daniel. “We still understand and trust what the other one is going to bring to a song. It’s amazing how deep that creative connection still runs.”