Chatting with alt-rock band The Banshee Pilot


By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent

Rock At Night had the pleasure of speaking with Anthony Cipolla (drums) and Gage Emmerson (vocals) of The Banshee Pilots, an alternative band hailing from Detroit Michigan. The band released their self-titled EP The Banshee Pilot (October 16, 2015) which was entirely self-produced, including the soon-to-be-released video for the single “If You Wanted Riches, Honey, You Should’ve Married A Doctor”.  With a post-apocalyptic and almost a “Purge” feel, the band produced a very entertaining video to mesh with their song which starts off slowly with only piano and bluesy vocals (“California”) but later segues into full-force pop punk mayhem.

The Banshee Pilot discussed the making of their new video in the dunes of Michigan and an abandoned church; the second EP which will be released toward Summer; the formation of the band after going through a line-up change;  their musical influences, which include Slipknot, My Chemical Romance, and Panic! At the Disco; the trials of self-producing when one is already a professional in the music industry; and  the importance of live show performances and not playing “too often” in one’s hometown.  The band even discussed their unabashed love for mainstream bands like Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, and Adele and what they do “for fun” in their off-time.

The conversation with Cipolla and Emmerson revealed these are two very serious musicians who are dedicated and focused to making The Banshee Pilot into a well-known entity beyond Detroit-metro. They explained that the band has a long-term plan and in-house skill sets (their own recording studio, photography and videography skills) to produce a lot of their own work as well as stamp their own creative mark on it. These guys are very hard-working and dedicated, convincing me they should be Rock At Night’s Band of the Month.

Please check out the links of their EP on Bandcamp .  Also, click on the link above to listen or click below for the iTunes.

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Members: Gage Emmerson (Vocals), Brandan Lee Keller (Bass), Anthony Cipolla (Drums), Nicholas “Nick” Alfonsi (Guitar) and Tim Hicks (Guitar);Genre: Alternative or Pop-Punk; Home Town: Detroit, Michigan

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The Banshee Pilot EP:
Written by The Banshee Pilot
Produced by Marc McClusky (Letlive, D.R.U.G.S.)
Mastered by Chris Athens (Drake, PVRIS, Johnny Cash)
© 2015 The Banshee Pilot, LLC.




Chyrisse Tabone, Ph.D.
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