Pilotcan release a new album ‘No More Shan Goodbyes’
It’s the fifth long-player from the Edinburgh-based quartet, and follows up last year’s ‘Bats Fly Out From Under The Bridge’.
However, despite that album being their first in 15 years, the differences between their two most recent works are similarly vast.
With predecessor ‘Bats’ focusing on songs written in Austin, Texas, and recorded with a shifting line up, the new 12-track effort – produced in Leith by Idlewild’s Rod Jones – was conceived much closer to home.
‘Shan Goodbyes’ is also notable for the return of original guitarist, and founding member Joe Herbert.
Frontman Keiron Mellotte was writing songs and collaborating with bassist Ray Taylor when he noticed a common thread.
“I had characters and ideas in my head that seemed to come from a period when Joe and I lived in a student flat in Viewforth. They dealt with the loss of some of those individuals, but mostly, with a fond nostalgia for those times. As we started to rehearse them Joe rejoined the band and everything seemed to fall into place.
“We used to listen to a lot of Echo & The Bunnymen, Jesus and Mary Chain, Lemonheads and music that had strong melodies. The more I worked on the record, the more it seemed to move back to those characters and times.”