Byron Band PLTS Scores Splendour Gig

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LOCALS: Byron Bay band PLTS are Kit Bray, Byron Carney, Harry Deacon and Eli Ayo. Contributed

BYRON Bay band PLTS (read as Pilots) has been selected by Triple J Unearthed to be part of this  year’s Splendour in the Grass line-up.

Every year, a local band is picked by the broadcaster to grace the Splendour stage. PLTS’s latest single, On & On, was on rotation on Triple J last January.

Dave Ruby Howe, Triple J Unearthed Music Director, said the broadcaster was very happy with the band.

“Though it could seem a bit clichéd to say that the band blew us away with their tunes, in this case it’s a pretty bang-on description,” he said.

“Just listen to PLTS’ track On & On; that chorus is the size of a skyscraper!

“With the Splendour line-up already boasting the likes of The Kills, Violent Soho and DMA’S the Byron boys felt like a really good fit and an easy choice as our 2016 local Unearthed winners.”

PLTS are an Alternative-Rock band.

Band members Eli Ayo, Byron Carney and Harry Deacon grew up in the Byron Shire (Bangalow and Byron Bay) while vocalist Kit Bray hails from New Zealand but has lived in Byron Bay for the last five years.

Drummer Harry Deacon explained they Ayo and Carney used to play in a different band but they lived around the corner from each other.

“Kit, the singer, had all these songs written and decided to form a new band, and they were looking for a drummer,” he said.

“At the time I was living across the road from Kit but we didn’t know each other. That was really funny.

“We played a few shows and we realised we jammed really well together,m and then we started writing some feel-good music,” he said.

In 2013, the band partnered with Nick Didia (Powderfinger, Pearl Jam, Karnivool) to record their debut EP at Studios 301.

The result was four tracks that expanded on their indie foundations and exhibited a dynamic approach to songwriting.

Taking a DIY angle, PLTS self-released the material before hitting the road across multiple Australian tours and sharing stages with the likes of Hockey Dad, Harts & Kingswood.

Rejuvenated and armed with a stockpile of new material, the band returned to the studio in late 2015. This time, working with producer JP Fung (Last Dinosaurs, Art Vs Science, Josh Pyke) to create a brand new single, On & On.

With PLTS, Melbourne-via-Perth singer Alex Lahey was also chosen for her very first Splendour gig.

Splendour in the Grass will be held at North Byron Parklands on July 22 to 24.

Source article:

The Byron Shire News

Javier Encalada
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