Pillow Theory

Pillow Theory

BandAlternativeRock

Pillow Theory delivers a high-powered, dynamic sound while successfully genre hopping under the alt-rock umbrella (metal, punk, pop, free jazz). They strike a delicate balance between heavy and light with change ups that may seem bizarre on paper, but work eloquently in sound.

Biography

ROLLINGSTONE.com described this NYC modern rock group's sound as "introspective groovalicious pop rock", OCEAN DRIVE magazine hailed Kelsey as "a full-fledged musical virtuoso and an accomplished songwriter" and STEPPIN' OUT magazine "loves the unique sound these guys possess".

Pillow Theory delivers a high-powered, dynamic live show while successfully genre hopping under the alt-rock umbrella (metal, punk, pop, free jazz). Selected as one of Tommy Hilfiger's "Best Unsigned Artists" and a semi-finalist in DiscMaker's Independent Music World Series, Pillow Theory was chosen to perform at the CMJ Music Marathon in NYC.

The band's debut disc, 9 1/2, was independently released in 2001. After a slight hiatus, Pillow Theory regrouped and collaborated with sonic genius Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies, NIN, PJ Harvey) for their sophomore release OUTPATIENCE. With Albini, they were able to manipulate their ever-changing moods to blend a sporadic yet cohesive sound. The album displays a delicate balance between heavy and light with change ups that may seem bizarre on paper, but work eloquently in sound.

Outpatience was chosen as one of the VILLAGE VOICE's best of 2005 in their yearly Pazz & Jop poll before the CD's official release in 2007 on Pursuance Records. One of the album's tracks, "Drama Fiction Fiend", was also pre-released on the Black Rock Coalition's 2005 CD compilation, ROCK N' ROLL REPARATIONS (with Terence Trent D'Arby, The Exit and Imani Coppola). The album's opening track "Jealous" was recently featured on the SONY PSP UK website. Both albums can be purchased via iTunes.com (download), CDBaby.com (hard copy), Amazon.com

Kelsey studied jazz guitar and classical vocal at the University of Miami before moving to NYC to pursue his rock endeavors. He immediately crashed into the downtown improvisational jazz scene working with Glenn Branca and opening up for Pharaoh Sanders.

Kelsey's musical world intertwined with future Pillow Theory anchor Jon Cornell in Brooklyn. At a young age, Jon was a highly sought-after session bassist in Las Vegas cutting his chops with Chaka Khan, Shirley Bassey and many other R&B/pop giants. Jon studied at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada and found his niche while traveling internationally with the university's acclaimed jazz ensemble.

While at UNLV, Jon befriended drum prodigy Chris Benham (who's been bangin' since the age of four). He became a first-call freelance musician while in Vegas, moved to Brooklyn and reconnected with Jon who lured him into the Pillow family.

Ryan Bull also attended UNLV where he studied jazz guitar and crammed for piano performance exams. His path crossed Chris' and Jon's within the music programs of the university and the rock clubs around town. Ryan shortly followed his brothers to Brooklyn, met Kelsey and became the band's utility man doubling as keyboardist and guitarist.

Danos Enrick and Kelsey were in rival bands and fans of each other's musicianship in the downtown NY scene. Danos has a classical guitar background but found his place in the NY punk and hardcore scene.

Discography

Album:
9 1/2 (2001)
Outpatience (2007)