London group Pit Best has released a series of self-described cinematic-indie tracks that blend electronic textures with vintage amps. Pit Best spoke with ETV about where they met, how they approach their songs, and why they make music.
The band is made up of Limak (guitar, vocals, electric piano, sound effects), George (drums), and Rob (guitar, vocals, rattles, effect pedals). The trio met in Richmond (West London) outside Mick Jagger’s house in late 2013.
“Limak and George are brothers, so they know each other for a while,” Rob said. “It was pouring rain, just them two on terrace, busking for nobody. When I ask them why they were doing it in the rain when there is no one here to listen, they said, ‘Maybe, but the view is great.’ So, we started from there.”
All three members write the songs, usually during their jams, with songs about basic human emotions such as anger, fear, and hope. Rob said the songs are based on “real life experiences with the maximum faith that in the end it will all sound million miles from polished pop clichés.”
The band mostly plays in pubs and small clubs around London at venues with a max capacity of 200. Pit Best enjoys meeting other local band around town this way. One of the regular pubs they play at is Water Rats.
“It’s great to play when you realize Bob Dylan was playing there and Oasis did their first London gig on the same very stage. Personally, I love Camden town district venues,” Rob said. “That’s where is all happening, you can smell it.”
Rob stated that he has two approaches to making his songs.
“The first one, would be very instinctive sort of subconscious way of working on it,” Rob said. “That’s when you’ve got all the sounds just appears all the sudden, not planned. It usually happens when I’m thinking about situations and trying not to be clever about it. Don’t analyze it and just try to describe it by using tones more than anything else.”
In this case, Rob does not know what the song is about, but he does know how it makes him feel. One the song the band has is titled “Ocean” that Rob doesn’t know is about but he likes that it makes him like he is five years old again. The metaphysical abstractness of the song makes it the favorite track on the album. Check out the song here:
“The second approach would be more solid I guess,” Rob said. “Its like making a movie with a proper script, story, characters, circumstances, details and all that. Songs like ‘Stroke’ and ‘Seven Sisters Grave’ were written that way. Just things that happened to me or someone I know. Just good story with a twist.”
Rob said the music they make is created for connecting with people and staying pure. They also want to inspire others, if they can, and fulfill their musical potential. If you like the Pit Best sound, be sure to stay up to date with then and follow up on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube and their official website.