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Vail music: 7 questions with Pete Kilpatrick

Caramie Schnell
Vail , CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyThe Pete Kilpatrick Band, who play in Avon, Colorado, Friday compare themselves to Coldplay and Guster

VAIL, Colorado – The Pete Kilpatrick band hails from Portland –Maine, not Oregon – and it will be in Vail Friday night. The five-piece indie band is opening for Meese Friday night at the free Teva Mountain Games Mountain of Music concert. The band – Pete Kilpatrick on acoustic guitar and vocals, Matt Cosby on bass guitar, Nick Goodale on electric guitar and vocals, Steve Morell on keyboards and saxophone and Matt Lydon on drums – is performing in Vail for the first time. Catch them at 6 p.m. tonight at Checkpoint Charlie.

Kilpatrick took some time to answer some questions, including his connection to the Kings of Leon, what people can expect from the band’s live show and the music he’s been blasting on his iPod lately.

Vail Daily: Did Kings of Leon really say you guys have ‘killer sound’? Have you met those guys or opened for them or something?

Pete Kilpatrick: Yeah, this is a true story. Singer/songwriter Ray Lamontagne is also from Portland, Maine and after doing a show with him a few years back I gave him a copy of our second album “Yesterday Love.” About a month later I got an e-mail from the Kings Of Leon’s manager, who had been given our CD by Ethan Johns (Ray and KOL’s producer). Ray had passed it along to him, who then gave it to the Kings of Leon. Their manager wanted to pass along the message to us that the guys were all loving the album and were currently listening to it while on tour.

VD: How do you describe your sound?

PK: I would consider us “acoustic rock” with a hint of alt-country and folk. The bands I think we’re most easily comparable to are Coldplay, TRAVIS and Guster.-

VD: What can people expect from your live show?

PK: We take a lot of pride in our live performances and also love the challenge of trying to win people over and turn them into future fans. Our songs for the most part are shorter pop/rock songs, although we tend to jam them out a bit live, usually with some guitar and piano solos.-

VD: How do you keep your material fresh?

PK: I keep the songs fresh by generally using the first idea that comes to mind while developing parts for any particular song. I’m a firm believer that the first instinct is usually the one that ends up being the strongest. I’ve tried different approaches to songwriting, but I’ve mostly found that sticking to this formula works the best for me.

VD: What other musicians have influenced you? What have you been listening to lately?

RK: I’ve been influenced a great deal by songwriters who are incredible storytellers as well such as James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Dave Matthews, Neil Young, Jackson Browne and Josh Rouse. My iPod has been blasting the new Fray record a lot lately as well as Bon Iver’s new stuff, which is incredibly haunting and I absolutely love.-

VD: Do you write the songs? Tell me about the most recent song you wrote and what inspired it?

PK: I write all of the songs and the guys all write their parts over my acoustic guitar and vocals. The most recent song I wrote is actually about our last trip to Colorado and how the altitude caused our lungs to feel like they were being sat on by an elephant. It’s still a work in progress!

VD: Have you performed in Vail before? Are you playing anywhere else in Colorado while you’re here?

PK: We’ve never played in Vail and we’re really looking forward to it! I played at the ESPN X Games in Aspen back in January and thought it would be so nice to see Colorado in the summertime. We’re flying in Thursday, performing Friday, and then flying back home Saturday to perform with Dar Williams back in Maine on Sunday.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

What: The Pete Kilpatrick band opens for Meese

Where: Checkpoint Charlie, Vail.

When: 6 p.m. tonight.

Cost: Free.

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