Posted 2019/11/04 110 0

Folks on Bikes: Blind Pilot’s Slow Road to Success

Most bands start out small, touring regionally in a crumbling old van to build their following.

The indie-folk band Blind Pilot started even smaller. They didn’t use a car, van, or bus to tour the Pacific coast — they rode bicycles.

After recording their first EP in 2006, founding members Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski rigged up their bikes with carriers for the instruments and headed out, pedaling from show to show. The Oregon duo started in Vancouver and ended in San Francisco — only because drummer Dobrowski’s bike was stolen while it was parked in front of the San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art.

Returning home to Portland, still heaving from exhaustion but alive with the adrenaline, the band recorded Three Rounds and a Sound (Expunged records), an album fueled by the emotion of their tour experiences.

“We had the intention of making a really quick album,” Nebeker says, “and just making it sound good and really simple. Just guitar, drums and singing.”

Blind Pilot, “The Story I Heard”

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