One of my favorite aspects of writing about music on the internet is that when I discuss Saskatchewan indie band “Autopilot,” I don’t have to embarrass myself by fumbling the pronunciation of “Saskatchewan.” But one of my OTHER favorite aspects of writing about music is being introduced to great bands and great music, and “Oceanside,” by Saskatchewan indie band “Autopilot,” is a true treat for the ears. The video is assembled from touring footage, and as the video is constantly fisheyed, I’m forced to assume that one of the band members is secretly a fish. And there’s plenty of clips of driving, though the video is heavily distorted. I can only imagine this means that the band is supporting driving while under the influence of hallucinogens, which is a pretty terrible message. “Autopilot,” a part-fish, Saskatchewan indie band, should feel ashamed for using their excellent music to communicate unhealthy messages.
Okay, I’ll be serious from here on out. “Oceanside” is an absolutely stellar song. The vocals have a raspy quality that makes them feel more soulful than the overly cleaned-up vocals that seem to dominate most popular music, and the singing sits comfortably atop a throne of rhythm guitar and drums. There are momentary guitar melodies that keep the song from getting stale without stealing the limelight from the vocalist. The song is smoothly assembled, and it pairs up nicely with the colorful, trippy, and fisheyed music video. As I mentioned earlier, the video is composed of tour footage, and seeing clips of the band off-stage, as well as on-stage, gives the video a personable quality. All told, it’s a great video for a great song. “Autopilot” is a band worth keeping your eyes (and ears) on.
*video from Autopilot’s Youtube channel