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Pilot the Helm is an alternative rock duo from Itasca, Illinois comprised of Alex Piemonte (Lead Vocals and Guitar) and Mikey Schawel (Guitar, Keys and Vocals). Known for their expansive soundscape ranging from catchy guitar riffs and punchy vocals to their mellow, hook- laden jams that balance mournful regret with anthemic energy, Pilot the Helm is a fresh new band mystifying the alternative rock scene in Chicago. As genuine as they are talented, best friends Alex and Mikey use their yin-and-yang personalities and multi-faceted musical talents to craft songs that are both brilliantly composed and refreshingly hip. Pilot the Helm has sold-out music venues while raking in fans ranging from college students to middle-aged music junkies. With a full-production package and live band at their disposal, Pilot the Helm is open to playing large-scale one-offs as well as stripped down acoustic sets. Pilot the Helm is currently working on their first full-length E.P. with acclaimed musician and producer Phil Schawel. The full-length E.P. is expected to be released in the latter half of 2018.
John Boyle is a singer-songwriter performing original acoustic compositions blended with jazz and soul to lend to lyrical honesty and reflection. His songwriting pulls on a tenor searching for the voice of reflection while blending rich vocal melodies with an acoustic styling. John has spent the last five years playing with the jazz quartet Tripel and the blues/rock band CW & The Working Class Trio. He is now pursuing a solo career with his debut album “Early Lights” set to be released October 2018