Pil & Bue (Bow & Arrow in Norwegian) is a duo from the far northern part of Norway that despite their minimal format sounds like a full-blown band. Consisting of Aleksander Kostopoulos on drums and percussion and Petter Carlsen on vocals and baritone guitar, Pil & Bue creates a substantial, energetic sound that captivates the audience with its dreamy and longing sound. In their live performances Carlsen use the entire format, moving between several microphones located around the stage, delivering powerful vocals and heartfelt and vulnerable lyrics. Combined with Kostopoulos’ visual and vigorous drumming, it makes this charismatic duo a captivating experience filled with opposites.
January 29th, 2016 will finally see the release of “Forget The Past, Let’s Worry About the future”, their follow up to 2014`s critically acclaimed debut “Push Start Button (level 1). Their first release via Name Music, the album contains six tracks, each of them hitting your heart and face simultaneously. Influenced by shoegaze, rock and prog they deliver ethereal and poppy sounds that are hard to forget. Lyrically the recurring theme addresses the struggle of women facing suppression, agony and injustice every day. All around the world. The music intensifies this dark subject with a riveting spectrum moving from desperate explosions to fragile melancholy and chaos. Their references might not be that obvious, but both members grew up listening to artists such as Placebo, Deftones, Sigur Ros, Anathema and Mars Volta, all of whom left their mark in the sound of Pil & Bue.
The band first came to life in 2013, and their debut received great reviews and a lot of airplay time on Norwegian radio stations. The band also struck a note with Norwegian Hollywood director Tommy Wirkola. He loved the single “You Win Again” so much he included it in his now cult-status movie “Dead Snow 2”. Pil & Bue’s mantra is to be impulsive and spontaneous, something that reflect their live shows as well as their recordings. This may also be one of the many reasons their live shows has received such high marks from both Norwegian and international critics.
1. No Is The Answer
5. Fear Flee Freeze Fight