LOCALS: Byron Bay band PLTS are Kit Bray, Byron Carney, Harry Deacon and Eli Ayo
LOCALS: Byron Bay band PLTS are Kit Bray, Byron Carney, Harry Deacon and Eli Ayo Contributed

Byron band PLTS flying high as they land Splendour gig

BYRON Bay band PLTS (read as Pilots) has been selected by Triple J Unearthed to be part of this year’s Splendour in the Grass line up.

Every year, a local band is picked by the broadcaster to grace the Splendour stage.

PLTS’s latest single, On and On, was on rotation on Triple J last January.

PLTS are an alternative-rock band.

Band members Eli Ayo, Byron Carney and Harry Deacon grew up in the Byron Shire (Bangalow and Byron Bay) while vocalist Kit Bray hails from New Zealand but has lived in Byron Bay for the last five years.

Drummer Harry Deacon explained they Ayo and Carney used to play on a different band but they lived around the corner from each other.

“Kit, the singer, had all these songs written and decided to form a new band, and they were looking for a drummer,” he said.

“At the time I was living across the road from Kit but we didn’t know each other. That was really funny.

“We played a few shows and we realised we jammed really well together, and then we started writing some feel-good music,” he said.

In 2013, the band partnered with Nick Didia (Powderfinger, Pearl Jam, Karnivool) to record their debut EP at Studios 301.

The result was four tracks that expanded on their indie foundations and exhibited a dynamic approach to songwriting.

Taking a DIY angle, PLTS self-released the material before hitting the road across multiple Australian tours and sharing stages with the likes of Hockey Dad, Harts & Kingswood.

Rejuvenated and armed with a stockpile of new material, the band returned to the studio in late 2015. This time, working with producer JP Fung (Last Dinosaurs, Art Vs Science, Josh Pyke) to create a brand new single, On & On.

With PLTS, Melborune-via-Perth singer Alex Lahey was also chosen for her very first Splendour gig.



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