Been missing playing on the streets in Berlin! Hoping we can fit in some busking sessions when we record there this summer. Helps with the rent too.
There’s nothing like rocking out in the park next to the Berlin Wall. Artists & hippies from around the world have turned what was once a symbol of oppression into a giant cultural melting-pot. Such good vibes. Can’t wait to get back!
Sometimes the warm up is even better than the gig.
(at Plage Salavaux, Switzerland)
No festival is complete without an alcohol fuelled (literally & figuratively) go-kart with bull horns. The organisers were a bunch of chilled hippie dudes who let us tear up the beach before soundcheck. Extremely messy & loads of fun. Let’s just say you definitively should drink & kart kiddies…
As soon as we have a big ass tour bus we’re getting one for the road. Done and done.
Everyone, please welcome our new bass player Stefan Bielik to the family!
We had an awesome jam with him after our Vienna show (yes, another Austrian dude…). He brought a crate of beer to the audition, so we were sold. He also lays down a KILLER bass groove & can translate German parking tickets for us.
Being in The Sunpilots is more than just a gig- it’s a lifestyle. Stefan is leaving his job, apartment & friends in Vienna to live on the road with us full time. That takes commitment. Welcome to the club mate!
PS. We head to Berlin in June to start work on our new album!
After 3 truly awesome years with us, Adil Baktir is stepping down as bass player for The Sunpilots. He’s heading back to Vienna to pursue other musical directions & we send him all our love for the future.
Adil joined the band in the middle of our 2012 European tour. Our last bass player had quit unexpectedly (overnight) & we were booked to play a festival in France the next week. We’d just moved out of our apartment & were living on the road for the first time, so cancelling the tour would have meant no place to stay. Needless to say we were super stressed.
The A-man learned all our songs, quit his job in Vienna & saved our collective asses. We had the audition over Skype so the first time we met him was when we pulled up outside his place. Luckily he wasn’t a serial killer & turned out to be an awesome dude who will always be one of our bros.
Here’s one of our fave photos from the US tour. Thanks for all the memories mate! Looking forward to sharing some beers & cheese-filled sausages next time we’re in Austria.
PS. We’re announcing our new bass player tomorrow!