Thursday, June 28, 2018


Over the last few years, Canadian alternative rock band Autopilot has become a staple in the
Saskatoon indie music scene. Known for their thoughtful lyrics, powerful hooks, dynamic stage
show, and obsessive hard work, they so
mehow seem to effortlessly walk the line between
passionate art and massive appeal. Over the course of 3 full-length records, and one EP,
they’ve become road warriors, touring relentlessly across Canada and the US. They’ve been
praised for their tireless work ethic by publications like Canadian Musician Magazine, who called
them "quite possibly one of the hardest working bands in the country." 
Autopilot's highly anticipated new record  Afterglow , their most impressive and accessible
record to date, produced by legendary Saskatchewan producer, S.J. Kardash, and backed by
their most ambitious marketing campaign yet, finds the band reaching for bigger sounds, bigger
ideas, and much bigger audiences. The stunning music video for the anthemic new single
"Weightless", was shot in the fall of 2017 by Jared Peace, on the road deep in the American
South West, and is sure to garner plenty of well-earned attention.
Marlon Harder, the driving creative force behind Autopilot, has a knack for finding beauty in
simple moments, and hope in the challenges life tends to bring. Inspired by the early writing of
Modest Mouse, he seemed to know very quickly what he wanted to do in life. After the release
and College radio buzz of their first record  Now It’s Time You Know What We’re Losing For ,
unexpected illness struck, effectively putting the band on the back burner for the foreseeable
future. But he never quit writing. Health improved, lineups changed, and in 2013 they teamed up
with S.J. Kardash for the release of  Diamond Rough , a sophomore full-length forged in the
fires of struggle, faith, and growing maturity. The record widely expanded their media exposure
across North America; in print, online, commercial rock radio, CBC, podcasts, and through
licensing placement on major US television networks.

Their 2015 release,  Desert Dreams , reunited the band with Kardash, and represented a
significant leap forward in both the ever expanding sound, and rapidly growing fan base the
band had built strongly upon with 2013’s  Diamond Rough . Along with debuting on Earshot’s
Top 50 chart,  Desert Dreams  received heavy rotation on The Verge, Sirius XM’s Iceberg
Radio, and garnered the attention of New York’s prestigious CMJ; while securing the band
showcases at Toronto’s CMW and Indie Week festivals, AYE Fest in Cincinnati, Fairfield Revival
Festival in Minnesota, and opening doors to tour extensively in the United States.
Autopilot has always been a dedicated touring band. They spent five successful months on the
road in support of  Diamond Rough  which included their first US tour, three extensive US
tours and countless Canadian dates in support of Desert Dreams, and an eight week national
US tour in the fall of 2016 supporting the release of "Hurricane" / "Crooked Lines", their most
successful single up to that point. 2017 saw them once again crisscross the US with stops at
Jersey Shore Festival, Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and a
mainstage performance at Mesa Music Festival in Arizona supporting hard rock legends P.O.D.
The future is truly wide open for Autopilot. Everything they’ve learned is on the table for the
2018 release of Afterglow. They are casting their net wider, and going all in. Never content to sit
still or play it safe, they’ve crafted a remarkable live show, and plan on spending as much time
over the next year as possible, getting the new songs in front of as many new fans as they
possibly can.