'Next Level' - Official Release - May 13, 2023
Signal for Pilot's just released album, 'Next Level' is the culmination of over a decade of writing and performing, and passionately crafting the band's ever-evolving 'Stadium Indie' sound while working tirelessly to take their music to the next level!
Like the albums of yesteryear, 'Next Level' is meant to be listened to start-to-finish with each song and its track placement telling a linear story of actualization, of rebirth, and renewal.
That story starts with a band or person that has been stuck in a rut and recognizes the need to get that 'Feelin' Again.' The heavy low-end drums by SFP Founder, Chris 'Jaws' Ruzika sets the stage with a building momentum while lead singer Chase Menary plaintively cries out for the hope of getting back that feeling of vitality and verve.
From there the story tells of getting back out there, 'Taking a Chance' and in the album's third track, 'Second Star,' of wishing and dreaming of making the 'life I want.'
The story then turns to thoughts of the legacy we leave behind and of setting aside youthful behaviors in pursuit of more meaningful art and lasting expression in 'Upload' and 'Midnite Drive.'
The protagonist in our story keeps staring up at the 'Skylite' window, wrestling with their demons and the sensation of going backwards while on this journey towards improvement.
The struggle produces meaningful and lasting changes however, and soon our narrator realizes success as highlighted in the hit singles, 'Champions' and 'Game-Changer.'
But in the end, there is a final step to making it to the titular track and ultimate destination of reaching the 'Next Level,' and that is standing up not just for oneself, but also for others as epitomized by the second to last song on the album, 'Speak Up.'
SFP proudly invites you to listen to this ultimate expression of overcoming challenges, growing, and improving both as individuals and as a whole.
The album was produced by the legendary Joey Bradford ('The Used') at Vibeatorium Studios in Vista, CA and collectively written and performed by Signal for Pilot band members: Chris Ruzikia (Drums), Johnny Bernard (Guitar), Hugo De Bernardo (Keyboard), John Cruess (Bass) and featuring a special guest vocal performance by AJ Perdomo from 'The Dangerous Summer.'
Please don't forget to add 'Next Level' to your favorites on Spotify and Apple Music, and please take a moment to share the album on your social media and with friends and families!
SFP is endlessly grateful for all the love and support from fans both near and far, and the guys can't wait to have you join them on their journey as they continue to level-up on their way to becoming one of America's hottest Alternative/Indie bands!
Thanks for listening!
SFP was thrilled to perform a Live Stream show at the much-loved WildCat Guitar Studios in Escondido!
The performance space and our hosts at WildCat were off the charts great!
Check out this special, very high-quality performance and video/auido of one of the most fun nights we've had in a longtime!
And please go down and check out WildCat Guitars! They are a premier dealer of custom shop electric and acoustic guitars with the very best in Fender, PRS, Gibson, Martin, Taylor and much more. Full service guitar repair and setup available as well. And the owners and crew are just first rate humans. You won't be disappointed with the selection or your experience!
More on them here: WildCat Guitars
And check out their regular Live Stream show at the link below for great performances by both local and traveling artists followed by fun, in-depth interviews:
WildCat Guitars - YouTube
Thanks again for having us and hope everyone enjoys the show!!!
Signal for Pilot is honored and thrilled to again be nominated for the second year in a row by the San Diego Music Awards (SDMAs) for Best Indie/Alternative Artist for 2023!
The SDMAs are fan-driven and we'd be so grateful for your support!!!
How to help: Visit the link below and vote for SFP up to once per day from now until the Award Ceremony at Humphreys by the Bay on April 25th!
Link: San Diego Music Awards Voting
***We are in the drop-down on Question 11, competing against 6 other truly great bands that we love to listen to and admire as fellow artists here in the best city on Earth!
In other news...
Signal for Pilot is heating up with our new album - 'Next Level' - which is set to drop later this Spring.
For a preview, check out our hit new Single from the album called 'Game-Changer' on Spotify, iTunes, or wherever you get your music!!!
We are thrilled and grateful for a very special Feature Article on Chris 'Jaws' Ruzika in 'SoCal Shoutout'!!!
Check out the full article here: Meet Chris ‘Jaws’ Ruzika | Musician/Artist/Drummer for Signal For Pilot – SHOUTOUT SOCAL
SIGNAL FOR PILOT was thrilled to be on Palapalooza Podcast's Sunset Sessions on August 24th, featuring an interview with Drummer Chris Jaws, Guitarist Johnny Bernard, and Lead Singer Chase Menary with a few acoustic arrangements of some of the band's recent hit singles.
It's always a pleasure to see the band unwind and talk music in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, and it gave the guys a chance to tell a few stories that most fans haven't heard about how the band came together and where we expect to go from here!
If you haven't yet, please give it a watch and Follow our friends at the Palapalooza Podcast for more interviews and performances with some of Southern California's hottest bands!
You can next see SFP live at Oceanside's Pourhouse alongside 'The Undertaking!' on Saturday, September 3rd!
Should be an off-the-charts great show, and definitely one you won't want to miss!
New Single - Feelin' Again - Drops June 24th!!!
- About the Song with Lead Guitarist, Johnny Bernard -
"Out in Hawaii in the Summer of 2017, we were just starting to get reformulate the band, with Patrick Otterson, Chris Jaws, Patrick Flanagan and myself [Johnny Bernard]. Patrick started messing around with a chord progression on guitar, then Otterson made a synth loop in the key of the progression. We started really jamming out! The energy kept building and we all at the same time basically started to yell 'Whoa whoa whoa' (pretty sure Otterson actually started it) and Patrick Flanagan out of no where started singing 'Get that feelin again, feelin again.' We all loved it!"
"We recorded a scratch track version on my phone that day, and I wrote the original lyrics on the bus ride to the studio house down in Honolulu ahead of the next rehearsal. I thought I 'had it' singing it one way in my head, but when I handed Flanagan the lyric sheet, and he started to sing it his way, it really created itself and became this full-throttle, in-your-face song about getting up."
The band was looking to create an opening song for their set list, and they were certain they found it with 'Feelin' Again.'
Johnny continues, "It's a song to bring you back to whatever feeling you are trying to get back to, that you may have lost. In our case it was about finding our musical groove again - both together and as individuals. For others, it may be about getting out of a lost love situation, or getting out of depression, or whatever the listener might be going through at that time."
"After moving from Hawaii to San Diego, we linked up with our new lead singer Chase Manary, and when he came in, he completely demolished it! His rendition added even more verve to this already powerful song, including a new second verse he wrote that makes the song even more electric! Then, when we brought the song to legendary Producer Joey Bradford, he took it and made it his baby for the day and completely changed the way it sounded from a fun-fueled intro to a 'take you to church service for getting your f**ckin a** back up to where you know you can be!"
"We all had a hand in writing the lyrics including Joey and Chris, and we all had our part in writing the arrangement, so ultimately it came down to a song written by Signal For Pilot that then got expertly produced by Joey. And now, we have that 'Feelin Again'."
Johnny wrapped up the interview by sharing this really touching insight with us: "My mom listens to it everyday, and she's battling cancer, trying to get her feeling again. It means way more then just getting back into music, its a song for people to scream and yell if their team is down, if their heart is broken or if they are climbing out from a rut. It is all about getting that special Feelin Again! We all can make it back, we just need each other."
Don't forget to add 'Feelin' Again' to your favorite playlist on Apple Music or Spotify today and add SFP on Facebook and Instagram!
...And if you haven't seen it yet, please check out Signal For Pilot's recently released Music Video for 'Upload!'
The Official Music Video for 'Upload' is now available on YouTube!!!
Directed by the incredibly talented Andrew Rowley, this song and video asks, 'What if I could upload myself into the afterlife?'
Music by Signal for Pilot and Produced by the legendary Joey Bradford!
We hope you'll enjoy this video and please don't forget to share it with your friends and Follow us on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook!!!
'Second Star' Drops on Tuesday, April 13, 2022!!!
Drop on over to iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you download music to listen to Signal For Pilot's hit new single, 'Second Star' Produced by legendary 'The Used' Guitarist, Joey Bradford at his Vibeatorium Studio in Vista, CA!
You can also listen directly at the Spotify link below OR LIVE TONIGHT, April 13th at the Casbah in San Diego alongside The Petty Saints and Avenue Army for the San Diego Music Awards Showcase. Proceeds benefit the SD Music Foundation's Guitars for Schools program
Signal for Pilot had an awesome time performing at the North Park Festival of Beers in San Diego on Saturday, April 2nd to a sold-out crowd of over 2,000 people.
In addition to the SFP's two new hit singles 'Upload' and 'Midnite Drive' the band also performed sneak previews of the harder vibes tune -'Feelin' Again' - and 'Second Star' - which sets to drop next week on iTunes and Spotify!
The highlight of the show however might have been SFP's unexpected acoustic cover of Foo Fighters' 'Times Like These' in memory of Taylor Hawkins which seemed to deeply move the crowd and band alike.
The vendors were awesome and the gang from 91X were per usual off the charts great to work with.
Already looking forward to next year!
You can catch Signal for Pilot live next at the famous Casbah in San Diego on April 13th as part of the San Diego Music Awards' Artist Showcase.
Signal for Pilot has been nominated for both Best Alt/Indie Band of 2022 and Best Single for 'Midnite Drive' with the Awards Show taking place at Humphrey's By the Bay on April 19th.
Stay tuned and don't forget to add Singal for Pilot to your Spotify and iTunes Playlist and keep checking back on our website for more live shows near you!