Hello... You have arrived at the Overtone blog archives..

Subscribe to our newsletter for specials, competitions and updates...

Flying High On Autopilot | Battle Of The Bands

May 19, 2008 – 16:37 by John

Autopilot were kind enough to send us their latest happenings, and offer the Olive Branch of Thanks and Appreciation for handling their press. Bless. Remember: we love bands that love us. Send your stuff to us. And don’t forget: these guys are making it happen by organising two parties to raise the cash for their upcoming album.

Cock ‘n Tail, Durbanville, 30 May 2008
Mercury Live, Zonnebloem, 14 June 2008 at


The early 19th century poet, William Blake, once wrote: “The path of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.” This may be construed in the wrong way, considering the fact that we live in a world rife with drug and alcohol abuse, but is nevertheless quite apt in relating the desire and hunger for success that now presents itself in the South African music industry.

The local music industry has over the last few years, exploded into the mainstream market and given hope to all new talent arising from colourless suburbia. The constant gigging and touring of local bands accompanied by the ever increasing amount of related online magazines and blogs, e-newsletters and TV backing has brought about the emergence of some of South Africa’s new unique and inspiring rock bands.

A major player in this uprising has been the introduction of MK TV (channel 324) and GO TV (channel 110) satellite stations to South African audiences. Bands have received major exposure through this medium.

This has been evident for Cape Town based alternative rockers, Autopilot, whose music video for their debut single ‘Beautiful’, received extensive airplay on the MK TV station. The music video peaked at no.4 on the Top 10 in December 2007 and is still currently receiving high rotation. The video has also recently been added to the MK TV DVD3 which will be out for national release in the next few months. The track also reached no.2 on the download charts in March of this year and is currently sitting at no.3 on the Kovsie FM charts in the Free State.

Autopilot: Beautiful
More Vids on our YouTube Channel! | Submit Your Own Vids!

Autopilot was originally formed in the fall of 2005 and was fronted by Shane Coomber, now on guitar and backing vocals. Shane and lead guitarist, Kevin Sykes, are the only 2 original surviving members of the band. The new look Autopilot changed from a 4- to a 5-piece at the end of 2006 when they decided to take on a female vocalist and at the same time signed a management deal. This vocalist left the band in mid 2007 and has thus since been replaced by the amazing Brigette Greybe.

The band makeup is thus Brigette Greybe on vocals, Shane Coomber on guitar and backing vocals, Kevin Sykes on lead guitar, Wihan Pretorius (aka Dutch) on bass guitar and Nicholas Oebell on drums.

With the addition of Brigette’s vocals, the band’s new material has progressed and grown without losing the essence of Autopilot. Their style of music can be described as Humpty Dumpty alternative rock and contains all the spirit and addiction of children’s songs with oodles of soul.

In November 2007, Autopilot made the top 6 new bands in the country for the SABC3 production, Pump up the Volume, which aired on Sunday nights. Autopilot was flown to Johhanesburg where they competed against the other finalists.

Autopilot’s debut 6 track EP titled ‘Beautiful’ is currently available at all good music stores across the country through their distribution deal with Bowline music.

This 5-piece has recently been in the studio with producer genius, Charlie Hamilton Jr (TKZ, Semisane and currently pop idol winner Jodie). Their new single, ‘Mono’ is about to hit the scene and the band are currently editing the video for the new single. ‘Mono’ has already been play listed on MFM.

Autopilot will once again hit the studio in July/August 2008 with producer Charlie Hamilton Jr to record their debut full length album and follow up to the ‘Beautiful’ EP. The album promises to be more true to the individual influences of the members but still encompassing the fluid groove that Autopilot ooze.

Thus to create the hype about the new album, Autopilot will be showcasing some of the new tracks at 2 major PRE-album launch parties. The first of which will be at Cock ‘n Tail in Edward Street, Durbanville on 30 May 2008 and the second on 14 June 2008 at Mercury Live in Cape Town. The support act for both of these shows will be the new and talented band Chasing Friday. The band hope that they will also be able to premier the screening of the music video for the single ‘Mono’ on the same night as the Mercury Live gig.

Autopilot is grateful for the support and sponsorship that they have received through Jagermeister, Musicmate in Brackenfell, Bennett’s Engineering, Cape Crating, Advanced Cleaning, Professional Decorative Services and Dragon Tattoos in Somerset West.

These shows promise to be explosive and will capture the attention of any new listener. The shows will be filled with new material and will also consist of 2 guitar give aways (compliments of Musicmate), 2 tattoo voucher give aways (compliments of Dragon Tattoos) as well as other sponsored merchandise (compliments of Jagermeister).

Tickets for these shows will be available shortly. The Cock ‘n Tail gig is R20, however a R30 entrance fee will put your name into the lucky draw for the free give aways. The Mercury Live gig will cost one R40 at the door or can be purchased beforehand through the band or Mercury Live for R30.

To hear more on Autopilot or to find out when they will be rocking a venue near you, visit them at or visit their Facebook Fanpage simply titled Autopilot.

Also catch Autopilot live at Ku De Ta’s Battle of the Bands Final on Thursday 22 May 2008. The doors open at 20:00. R20 gets you in and includes a free CD of 12 of the bands in the competition.

Interview: Autopilot

Autopilot Home | Myspace


Tags: , , , , , , , ,