Friday night’s late show at Station 4 in St. Paul was packed with an unusually large amount of single ladies and rock fans. But I’m not sure if they were there to see Pilla like me…
Pilla is a local foursome (except the South Dakotan drummer) who love rock and roll and everything that goes with it. From GNR to Van Halen to broken guitars and high kicks (yes, high kicks), these boys studied from the 80s school of rock and scored an A.
Pilla, the singer and namesake of the band, is the spitting image of a young Tommy Lee, wearing a sleeveless Coltrane shirt and not at all shy in berating the crowd for not crowding the stage, drinking enough or just damn “rocking out.” Ronis, the group’s guitarist, doesn’t stray far from his GNR cover band (Dust N Bones) when soloing, but that’s okay.
Not short on arrogance and ego, the group’s songs are structurally good via 80’s rock standards, the solos are rocking and the quartet makes up for typical rock chords and format with raw emotion and the performance of a true headbanging rock group minus the hair.
Pilla competes in the Battle of the Bands at PoVS in Andover on Jan. 26th and currently has a 5 song EP available that’s available on via their Web site with just a simple e-mail. In the meantime, check out a few tracks at SoundClick here.