Halloween Halfpipe is a free entry, unlicensed afternoon event that will be taking place at West Beach Skate Park on Saturday 31 October featuring an array of local bands including Life Pilot (pictured), The Lizards, Isolated, Dreading Oceans, Harbinger and Cut Throat.
BSide Magazine chatted away to Life Pilot’s drummer, Eli Green, about his band’s involvement in the charity event for Hutt Street Centre.
“We’d been approached by RedOak Bookings about taking part in a special event,” Eli begins, “and because some members of Life Pilot had played at West Beach Skate Park in another band many years ago – there’s a video of it somewhere on YouTube – we were keen.
“So when we were asked, we thought it was such a great idea,” he continues. “So we then got the local council [City Of West Torrens] to also get behind it and help promote it. And we wanted to do it because there are not a lot of all-ages events happening anymore.
“I know that when I was growing up it was great to able to go and see bands who were part of the heavy scene,” Eli reasons. “So we wanted to make it an event that kids had access to.
“And Hutt Street Centre do such great work so we’re asking people to drop a few gold coins into the tin or donate something because every little bit helps,” he encourages.
The selection of bands, who will be performing between 1pm and 5.30pm, offers patrons an array of local groups involved in the metal scene.
“It’s a pretty diverse line-up so it won’t just be the one style of music all afternoon,” Eli states. “There’s going to a good spread between the much heavier hardcore, death metal and metalcore bands [such as Dreading Oceans, Isolated and CutThroat] and the more laid-back skate punk acts [such as The Lizards].
“And then there’s us,” he laughs, “because Life Pilot lie somewhere in the middle. So it’s going to be a good day or music for anyone who’s into the heavier stuff.”
Life Pilot are currently in the throes of penning material for an upcoming EP.
“We released our last EP a while back and then toured it to quite a few places,” Eli says, “so it’s now time to reload and prepare to do it all again.
“So we’ve been writing and have already recorded a new single which is being mixed at the moment and will be out soon,” he continues. “So, by early next year, we’ll have a new seven-song EP out.”
Eli joined Life Pilot after filling in for their injured drummer when the band was going under another name.
“Their drummer had hurt his shoulder so I stepped in,” he says. “So I did a few shows with that band including one down in Mt Gambier. And they were playing a very mathematical, complex kind of rock whereas I am much more straight up with my playing.
“But Jake and Angus, the two brothers in the band, also had a side project that was a bit more rock-orientated and offered me a spot in that and then asked if I knew of any bass players.
“And, at the time, I was sharing a house with Nick [Evans] who is now our bass player. Nick and I love the same styles of music and work well together and also play in many other bands as well. So it was a good fit for Life Pilot.
“And then we had Tim on guitar, who has since left, but we’ve recently added Will [Everlyn] on guitar,” Eli adds. “And that’s been great as it’s been nice to have some new blood in the band. So it’s going to be interesting to see where we go from here.”
Life Pilot have enjoyed a fair amount of success that has included the band winning a competition to perform at Soundwave some years back.
“That was a great and like a dream come true because we got to play on a huge stage,” Eli says. “And the year we did Soundwave was the one Metallica were on the stage next to us.
“So it was just crazy but we didn’t actually start Life Pilot up to be a big band,” he then considers. “We are kind of in a niche genre so were surprised with the response. triple j then picked us up and ran with us which was really great.
“And since then we’ve had lots of feedback from all across the country which has all been great,” Eli adds.
Eli, who started learning to drum at age seven and who cites German drummer Benny Greg as being among his favourites, concludes by saying Life Pilot have already selected their Halloween outfits for the upcoming gig.
“We’re just hoping they won’t be too hot to play in,” he laughs. “And Harbinger always wear masks no matter what show they are playing.
“And we’ve already talked about putting Halloween Halfpipe on again next year,” Eli then announces. “It’s in an excellent location because it’s not too far out of town. And it’s a really cool place and great for an event for as this.
“So we’re definitely hoping it will become bigger and better with more and more bands,” he says.
Halloween Halfpipe will take place as an unlicensed charity BBQ event from 1pm until 5.30pm at West Beach Skate Park, Africane Rd, West Beach, on Saturday 31 October and will feature such local rock bands as Life Pilot, The Lizards, Isolated, Dreading Oceans, Harbinger and CutThroat. It’s a free entry affair but donations to Hutt Street Centre of canned food, blankets, clean clothes and loose change will be greatly encouraged.