Pilot Speed can be likened to Snow Patrol, Coldplay, and Keane. That’s the first thought that comes to mind. And while the talent is there to be just as good as those artists, it’s not utilized. The band’s first album for Wind-Up “Into the West” is a prime example of that. Snow Patrol, Keane, and Coldplay all have songs that are accessible to the mainstream. And that's where Pilot Speed’s “Into Your West” really struggles. The songs are somewhat simple in structure with nothing to pull you in let alone keep you entertained. While it might steer away from the band’s original goals, a more complex approach to their songs would benefit them. Also, they would do well to eliminate some of Todd Clark’s whiny vocals in places. They’re almost insufferable.
While “Into the West” has it’s moments, they are too far and few between. “Knife-Grey Sea” is a good introduction to the album at track one, while “Into Your Hideout” is the only single-worthy song on this album. “Into the West” is a long, drawn out listen. Too similar to some of today’s more popular bands and with no unique qualities, Pilot Speed’s “Into Your Hideout” should go directly into your hideout.