Godfrey, Ill. - Up and coming national act Tommy & The
High Pilots will hit the stage with openers The Giving Moon for a
free concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in Lewis and Clark Community
College's Hatheway Cultural Center.
Students, faculty, staff and the general community are invited
to the show, which is being sponsored by L&C Student Activities
and WLCA 89.9-FM.
The rock band from Santa Barbara, Calif. is no stranger to
playing college campuses, and puts on a show that is known for
being high energy and interactive.
"It's very high energy. I think that for all the traveling we
do, which can be the harder part about being on tour, that 45-75
minutes on stage is our release. It's our playground, where we can
experiment and play around, and we move around a lot," said
vocalist/guitarist Tommy Cantillion, who, along with his brother,
guitarist/keyboardist Michael Cantillion, and drummer Matt Palermo,
make up the band. "We're very passionate about our live show. We
don't just want to do the album, we want to present it so it comes
together for our fans."
After the show, concertgoers will get the opportunity to
mingle with the band members themselves, who have been together for
the better part of five years, and have released two EPs and two
albums so far. The band's most recent offering, "Only Human," was
released on May 28 through Redbird Records (produced by Matt
"We actually play a lot of college campuses," Tommy Cantillion
said. "Just performing in general, there's a level of excitement on
college campuses - the students get to get out of the school
mindset for an hour or two. We absolutely love it."
On their way to a gig in St. Louis this past August, Tommy
& The High Pilots stopped on campus and played several tracks
from "Only Human" live, on the air, in the WLCA 89.9 studio. This
weekend's on campus show kicks off a tour that will stop in Chicago
and St. Louis over the month of October.
The album's first single, "Outta My Head," may have come to
Tommy while walking on a beach back home, but it's got an edge to
it that steps out of the laid back SoCal tradition, and an
infectious quality that has audiences dancing and singing, even
when they're hearing the song for the first time.
"The songs can be lighthearted but there's always this thing
underneath. 'Only Human' means that you're making mistakes; that
it's okay to be fallible. There's a darkness under there," Tommy
Cantillion said. "I'm influenced by and very interested in people
and their stories. The stories come from other people's lives, but
there's plenty of us in there too."
Tommy Cantillion said the band's influences range from Tom
Petty and Bruce Springsteen to Radiohead and R.E.M.
"We're under the rock umbrella, which is kind of broad, but we
pair the simplistic songwriting of Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen
with the production of bands like the Talking Heads," he said. "I
always kind of hold our own songs up, and ask, 'is it good enough
to be a classic?' If it's not, we have to keep working on it. Our
influences help keep us at a certain standard, but at the same time
we want to create a new sound."
Many area music fans already know Palermo as the drummer for
the St. Louis alternative rock band Ludo, a relationship which has
garnered Tommy & The High Pilots a large local fan
"St. Louis has become another hometown to us," Tommy
"We have had a relationship with Tommy for a few years now.
You will not meet a group of nicer guys," said Mike Lemons, WLCA
station manager and Radio Broadcasting program coordinator. "I
think that the audience on Friday night will be very pleased with
what they see and hear, even if they are not familiar with the
band. Our listeners are very familiar and will be excited to see
them on our campus. The Giving Moon, from the Chicago area will
turn some heads as well."
St. Charles, Ill.-based alternative rock band The Giving Moon,
which names a variety of classic rock musicians including Jimi
Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, and other alternative rock bands
including Radiohead, Young the Giant and Foster the People, as
influences, will open for Tommy & The High Pilots.