The Houston Press's annual art party and hobnob mecca Artopia returns for another round of well-dressed, well-heeled revelry at Winter Street Studios. Each year we line up a handful of local acts who are too hip for words, and this time around Artopia presents the hirsute, burly Poor Pilate, icy indie outfit Bang Bangz, and dance-rockers Bagheera.
Poor Pilate is one of the most tirelessly gigging Houston bands we can think of at the moment. They play weddings, beer fests, art parties, ribbon-cuttings and old folks home dances, and somehow find time to play regularly at Fitzgerald's and Rudyard's.
We talked to the men of Poor Pilate about their plans for the next 11 months.
Rocks Off: What are the Pilate men up to now? Is new music afoot?
Poor Pilate: Well, we finally pressed our self-titled release to CD. As it turns out, people don't want to just download a record from the Internet. And yes, there is new music. A lot of new music, in fact, some of which we play in our live shows now.
RO: You guys play shows nearly once a week. Are you guys aiming to be the house band for Montrose?
PP: There's no denying that we play a lot of shows. And popular opinion is not to do that. You know, "Keep up the mystique," "Build tension," "Make your live shows a rare but good experience.' That's very well and good and likely a great strategy.
However, we love playing live. We love it. We love playing. There's just no other way to explain it. We have a lot of songs, so we change up the set all the time.
RO: Who do you love sharing bills with the most?
PP: Oh, man. That's tough. We'll share a bill with anybody. Recently, we've had great times with Deseret Band, Blackie Dammett, The Escatones, Buxton and many more.
RO: You guys have one of the busier schedules of any local band. Where do you find time to sleep?
PP: We sleep...sometimes. It's just not as fun as rocking your brains out onstage. But yes, we are guilty of having one of the busier schedules of any local band. Unfortunately for us and our Houston fans, we're going to be taking some time off to focus on finishing some recording work. Don't worry, though. It won't be too long.
RO: Who is handling production duties for this album?
PP: So far, it's just us. We all really enjoy the recording process and we work well together.
RO: Is there anyone that Pilate would want to work with one day?
PP: Is Sam Phillips still around? We're big fans of fellow Houstonian Josh Moore, too. But for sure we'd love to work with the likes of Jonathan Wilson, T-Bone Burnett and Ethan Johns.
Now that doesn't mean if Diddy called us up and said, "Hey, I want to do a terrible job producing your next record," that we'd turn him down. The fact of the matter is, we wouldn't mind partying with Diddy.
Poor Pilate performs with Bagheera and Bang Bangz and at Houston Press Artopia, 8 p.m. Saturday, January 26, at Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter, www.houstonpressartopia.com.