Blind Pilot


Photo by Eric Ryan Anderson

Blind Pilot came out of nowhere back in 2008 with the tales of touring up and down the West Coast on bikes and their amazing debut 3 Rounds and A Sound. Tours followed including a stop in at HearYa World HQ for a session. Fronted by Israel Nebeker’s warm voice, the tracks just eased into your being and nestled in for a comfy stay. A few years later, they followed up with their sophomore effort, We Are The Tide. It was good but there wasn’t that deep connect I felt with 3 Rounds. It was just a tad too poppy for my taste. As years went by with no output, I was worried that we’d lost them for good.

But I’m happy to report, that they’re back at it with And Then Like Lions. And even happier to say, that And Then Like Lions has nestled into my soul just like 3 Rounds did. Lions was written and composed by Nebeker over the course of three years of hardship as he lost his father and saw the end of a 13 year old relationship. The songs come across as if a raw nerve is being exposed and that he’s letting you share the hurt. When an artist lets his/her guard down and lets you in, it usually results in something great. And that’s what happened here.

My favorite song on the album, What Is Yet, differs the most from their usual game plan. It also is a tune of healing . It starts with a gentle horn coda before Nebeker’s guitar eases into the equation. Then Nebeker delivers some of his best vocals of his career. And just as you feel the song is building to a big uptick, they take it down a bit as Nebeker delivers the goods; telling you to “Breathe in the sun,”

The closer, Like Lions, is sure to be a concert favorite. It is a slow building track that will most certainly elicit the chills as you see the band play it live. Just like it closes the album, it is an apt closing song for a show.

There is so much to enjoy about this album. Brilliant writing, inspired playing and production that gives Nebeker’s vision room to breathe. Run, don’t walk to pick this one up.

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Blind Pilot are finally back after a 5 year hiatus. And Then Like Lions will be their 3rd album and first on ATO. I hadn’t listened to their debut, Three Rounds and A Sound in quite some time and it hasn’t lost any luster. I’m enjoying this new track, Umpqua Rushing. Here’s some info on the upcoming album.

Written and composed by Blind Pilot’s Israel Nebeker over the course of three years, the record is a transcendent, cathartic response to the loss of his father and end of a 13-year relationship. ‘Lions’ is Blind Pilot’s most exhilarating album to date, a lush 10-song collection that is resilient, uplifting and often majestic in the face of tragedy.

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HearYa Live Session 46: Blind Pilot

by Woody on May 11, 2009

Blind Pilot

I’ve loved music as far back as I can remember. Can’t play a lick of anything, but my absence of talent is balanced by my passion as a fan. Over the course of the last two years, I have learned more about music than in the past 25+ years due to hanging out with our esteemed producer, Steve Shirk. Steve always talks about the importance of a good rhythm section and how it forms the foundation of a band’s sound. That was at the forefront of my mind while watching Blind Pilot perform in studio.

I had seen Blind Pilot twice already in April and experiencing them live only enhanced my love for their amazing debut, Three Rounds and A Sound. It’s easy to get caught up in Isreal Nebeker’s amazing lyrics, silky vocals and the wistful feeling of Blind Pilot’s music. Their sound is so effortless that it’s easy to lose sight of the spectacular work of rhythm section, led by Ryan Dombrowski. Watching them live in the studio really made me take notice and Ryan doesn’t miss a beat – nothing fancy but not a note missed. Add Luke on the stand up bass and they become the backbone of the band, allowing the band to strut their stuff.

Much like their HearYa Live Session predecessors, The Love Language, we were aided by a touch of Maker’s Mark that smoothed out a bump along the way. That might end up becoming our trademark. For Blind Pilot fans out there, you’ll be pleased to find some fresh sounds in these familiar tracks with the addition of an added banjo and trumpet. I hope you enjoy this session as much as I do.

Blind Pilot Band Intro

Exclusive: Blind Pilot – One Red Thread

Exclusive: Blind Pilot – Go On Say It

Exclusive: Blind Pilot – Two Towns From Me

Exclusive: Blind Pilot – The Story I Heard

Exclusive: Blind Pilot – Things I Cannot Recall

Download the Blind Pilot Session as a zip.

Exclusive Video: Blind Pilot – One Red Thread

Blind Pilot – “One Red Thread” – HearYa Live Session 4/3/09 from on Vimeo.


We’ve got Blind Pilot stopping by the studio for a live session the day before our trip to Austin for SXSW. I saw this video of their performance of “One Red Thread” on Carson Daly’s show and I can’t remember when I’ve been this excited about a session. It was ranked as one of our best albums of 2008, but their songs keep rising to the top of my playlists and 3 Rounds and a Sound is an album I’ve grown to love.

I’ll be finding them at SXSW and will situate myself front and center for the set.

Previously posted track:

Blind Pilot – Oviedo

Video: Blind Pilot – One Red Thread (Live on Last Call)


Top 50 Albums of 2008 [Picks 11-20]

December 18, 2008

HearYa and Internet Explorer were in a pissing match for most of the day yesterday. For those readers that use that glorious browser, you may have had some trouble reading yesterday’s post. We corrected the bug – my apologies. We’re back at it and almost done with our best albums of 2008. At the very […]

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New Video: Blind Pilot – Go On, Say It

September 17, 2008

Not too long ago, I reviewed Blind Pilot’s debut album, 3 Rounds and a Sound. It’s one of 2008’s best albums and a music video was recently released for “Go On, Say It.” The band is from Portland, Oregon and it looks like most of the video was shot on the Columbia River.‚  I once […]

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