Concert Review

Tommy & The High Pilots Soar in Pittsburgh


Cheyenne Carter


On Friday, August 16th, The Smiling Moose in the Southside was taken over by a band with moves that you just cannot control. That’s right! Tommy & The High Pilots took over the stage, and made the crowd go dancing wild! No – LITERALLY made the crowd move their feet, shake their bodies, and just let loose! Lead vocalist, Tommy Cantillon, stepped down – or should I say – danced down into the crowd, and got everyone around him to move along to the pop-alternative sounds of his fellow band. He had the girls swinging across the floor, and even the guys were shaking their hips! And if you thought the dancing stopped when he returned back on stage, then you thought wrong! Tommy’s legs were going crazy! Shaking his hips left then right, the crowd moved right along with him as they “danced the night away”.  Even better, Tommy was not the only member on stage having the time of his life! Of course the rest of his band was right there with him! His brother, and keyboardist, Michael Cantillon, was second in line for moving his body to the creation of his own music. Right behind those two was drummer Matt Palermo. Matt may not have moved as much – due to obvious drummer restrictions – but he sure did show excitement through the big smile he wore on his face the entire time of the performance. Last, but far from least, was bassist Steven J. Libby – who may not have moved as much, but did keep a smile on his face, and a sway to his body! For their final song of the night, The High Pilots put on an amazing performance with the song, “Out of my Head”. Tommy had the crowd still going, and even got them singing – including myself as I belted out every word that I knew! Overall, I guess one could say that the band put on an AMAZING experience. With their great crowd interaction, various special guests, and their high energy – who wouldn’t have enjoyed their performance? Good Job to Tommy & The High Pilots. Pittsburgh looks forward to having you back!

The Color Code, Rare Monk, and The Dangerous Summer just as well put on outstanding performances. Every single band to play that night did just as amazing as the next! By the end of the night, my feet were hurting from all of the jumping around I did during each performance! Much appreciation to every member in all of the bands; your hard work is very much paying off, and I look forward to what the future has to offer for you – and hopefully that future involves another visit back as well!

All Photos  ©2013 cheyenneashleyphotography and Pittsburgh Music Magazine






The Color Code

The Color Code

The Dangerous Summer

The Dangerous Summer

Rare Monk

Rare Monk

In the midst of their national tour with The Dangerous Summer and Rare Monk, Santa Barbara natives Tommy & The High Pilots stopped by Chicago’s renowned music television channel JBTV for an 8-song performance. JBTV released a sneak-peek of “Devil To Pay” from the band’s exclusive live full-set. Performances of additional tracks including current single, “Outta My Head” will be rolled out on JBTV in the coming weeks. Both “Devil To Pay” and “Outta My Head” appear on the band’s latest album, Only Human, released in May through Redbird Records.

 SNEAK PEEK: “Devil to Pay” on JBTV Music Television

Tommy & The High Pilots are Tommy Cantillon (vocals/guitar), Michael Cantillon (keys), Steve Libby (bass), and Matt Palermo (drums). Only Human was helmed by a trio of prolific producers – Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Train) Jason McEntire (Son Volt, Ha Ha Tonka) and Marc McClusky (Weezer, Ludo).
Tommy & The High Pilots Tour Dates
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*The Dangerous Summer
8/24 West Springfield, VA – Empire*
8/25 Greensboro, NC – Greene Street Club*
8/27 West Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern*
8/28 Orlando, FL – Backbooth*
8/29 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits*
8/30 Tampa, FL – Orpheum*
8/31 Gainesville, FL – 1982 Bar*
9/01 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade*
9/03 Nashville, TN – Exit/ln*
9/04 Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory*
9/05 Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar*
9/06 Houston, TX – Mango’s Cafe*
9/07 San Antonio, TX – Korova*
9/08 Austin, TX – Mohawk*
9/10 West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy Theatre
9/13 San Diego, CA – San Diego Music Thing*
9/14 Fresno, CA – Victory Cafe at Hardy’s*

“Only Human, and its lead single “Outta My Head” is so much fun you very well might be playing it at one of your summer sloppy barbecues” – Huffington Post, A-Side Series

“Bright, buoyant Southern California pop from the group’s crowd-funded album, Only Human, has a near-irresistible chorus.” – USA Today, The Playlist


Tommy and the High Pilots, just the kind of chill, happy music that’s perfect for summer.”  

– OK Magazine, The Next Big Deal 

“You know what we mainly really love about Tommy of folksy Santa Barbara indie-pop act Tommy & The High Pilots? Everything.” – MTV Buzzworthy
 “Sweet as pie. And once you get to the chorus… feel like I’m Julia running towards Richard. You know, in the movies.” – Dianna Agron, Glee, You Me & Charlie Blog 

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