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Sweet Billy Pilgrim

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Sweet Billy Pilgrim are an English genre spanning band, composed of bassist/banjo player Anthony Bishop, guitarist and singer Jana Carpenter, guitarist and singer Tim Elsenburg, and drummer/percussionist Alistair Hamer Often described as rock, folk rock, folktronica, Americana, alternative, art rock, electronica, pop or prog, they describe their sound as "thrash pastel"


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Discography
    • 21 Albums
    • 22 EPs
    • 23 Singles
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


The original three members met while at school Elsenburg and Bishop are from Wingrave and Hamer from Wendover, both near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire American born Carpenter joined the band in 2010

Sweet Billy Pilgrim formed in 2003 after their previous band, Cordisto, came to an end The band are named after the main character in Kurt Vonnegut's book Slaughterhouse 5

After repeated rejections from both major and independent record labels, Elsenburg bought a Power Book, they installed Logic, and the band began to record themselves Due to financial restraints, the early Sweet Billy Pilgrim recordings up until 2012's "Crown and Treaty" were apart from the acoustic drums produced in a garden shed using a laptop and one quite good microphone The band feel this has had a positive influence on their sound

Their first release "Experience", was distributed amongst fans and was followed up by the Stars Spill Out of Cups EP Released on their own label Luxor Purchase and featuring hand-stamped artwork, it contains three songs: "Stars Spill Out of Cups", "God In The Details", and "Atlantis" The band also gave away a recording called "Forget to Breathe" as an mp3

As of 2012, they have released three albums

"We Just Did What Happened and No One Came" was released in 2005 and awarded four stars by Mojo magazine, and The Sunday Times called it "a rather special debut", making the track "Stars Spill Out of Cups" one of their songs of the year

"Twice Born Men" was released in 2009 and was awarded five stars by Italian magazine Rockstar and made CD of the Week by The Sunday Times; later that year it made The Sunday Times top 100 albums of 2009 list The album was also awarded four stars by Mojo and Uncut, and was made a Mercury Prize album of the year for 2009

"Crown and Treaty" was released on 30 April 2012 Critical response was very positive, with all major UK national papers awarding the record four or five stars out of five It was awarded five stars and Instant Classic by Mojo and four stars by Q magazine The majority of the recording for this album took place at Elsenburg's cottage, with the exception of the acoustic drums which were recorded at Earth Terminal studios and the choir which was recorded at Grove studios "Crown and Treaty" was self-released on their own label Luxor Purchase much like the early recordings, but distributed through EMI label services

Besides their work as Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Bishop, Hamer, and Elsenburg have worked together as session musicians, having toured as members of Martin Grech's band during the Open Heart Zoo era, and playing on the Toyah Willcox album Velvet Lined Shell

Carpenter writes for, sings, and performs with folk band Piefinger

Bishop currently plays electric bass in The Boy Least Likely To's touring band, and his playing is featured on both of the band's albums

Hamer toured with The Boy Least Likely To until 2008, and his drumming is featured on the James Dean Bradfield album The Great Western

Elsenburg has recorded and performed with Steve Jansen, recorded with Adem Ilhan, remixed for David Sylvian and Steve Adey, and written with Toyah Willcox

Due to the complexity and layering of sounds used on the recordings, recreating the songs live requires the members to play many different instruments on stage Bishop plays electric bass, banjo, and vocals Carpenter plays acoustic guitar, cymbals, samples, keyboards and vocals Elsenburg plays guitar, keyboards, harmonica, and vocals Hamer plays drums usually a Yamaha Rock Tour Custom, samples, and vocals They are typically joined live by musician Dan Garland playing piano, keyboards, samples, vocals, and square waves, Barney Muller on electric guitar and backing vocals; and sometimes by Adam Chetwood I Am Arrows playing acoustic guitar, electric guitar and banjo

On 9 July 2010 Sweet Billy Pilgrim appeared as themselves in series four, episode three "Something Happened" of The IT Crowd The band performed with fictional keyboardist Norman, who Jen dated until he was kicked out of the band

On 13 July 2010 their song "Future Perfect Tense" was made available as a download for the game Rock Band 2

In August 2010 they recruited Jana Carpenter and started recording their third studio album

In April 2013 in collaboration with Mojo magazine the band gave away a free download of Crown and Treaty with the full artwork in exchange for signing up to their mailing list

In March 2014 they began recording their fourth studio album In March 2015, it was announced that the band had signed to Kscope, and that they would be releasing the new album - Motorcade Amnesiacs - on 25 May 2015 The first single from the album, Coloma Blues, was premiered at the same time as the album announcement

The band also launched a release campaign for Motorcade Amnesiacs on direct-to-fan platform PledgeMusic

In April 2015, the band revealed the video for their new single Just Above Midtown



  • We Just Did What Happened and No One Came - Wonderland Avenue 2005
  • Twice Born Men - Samadhi Sound 2009
  • Crown and Treaty - Luxor Purchase 2012
  • Motorcade Amnesiacs - Kscope 2015


  • Stars Spill Out Of Cups EP - Luxor Purchase 2004
  • Brugada EP - Spoilt Victorian Child 2005


  • Experience - Luxor Purchase 2004
  • Forget to Breathe - Luxor Purchase 2005 Free mp3 download
  • Future Perfect Tense b/w Kalypso featuring Jen from the IT Crowd - Samadhi Sound 2010
  • Coloma Blues - Kscope 2015
  • Just Above Midtown - Kscope 2015


  1. ^ "Exclusives! - SBP's Tim Elsenburg | David Sylvian :: davidsylviannet :: Expect Everything and Nothing less!" davidsylviannet 2009-07-08 Retrieved 2012-02-08 
  2. ^ "Video Sweet Billy Pilgrim estão pela primeira vez em Portugal van MyPortugal - Myspace Video" Vidsmyspacecom 2011-12-08 Retrieved 2012-02-08 
  3. ^ "Sweet Billy Pilgrim : Interview" Pennyblackmusiccouk Retrieved 2012-02-08 
  4. ^ "From Sunday Times Photos from Sweet Billy Pilgrim Sweet Billy Pilgrim on Myspace" Viewmorepicsmyspacecom 2011-12-08 Retrieved 2012-02-08 
  5. ^ "From Sunday Times Songs of the Year 2006 Photos from Sweet Billy Pilgrim Sweet Billy Pilgrim on Myspace" Viewmorepicsmyspacecom 2011-12-08 Retrieved 2012-02-08 
  6. ^ Edwards, Mark 2009-03-22 "Sweet Billy Pilgrim Twice born men" The Times London Retrieved 2010-05-24 
  7. ^ "The Sunday Times albums of the Year 2009" Sweetbillypilgrimcom Retrieved 2012-02-08 
  8. ^ "Mojo" Sweetbillypilgrimcom Retrieved 2012-02-08 
  9. ^ "Uncut" Sweetbillypilgrimcom Retrieved 2012-02-08 
  10. ^ "Barclaycard Mercury Prize" Mercuryprizecom Retrieved 2012-02-08 
  11. ^ "Boy Least Likely To, The - The Law Of The Playground CD, album at Discogs" Discogscom 2009-04-14 Retrieved 2012-02-08 
  12. ^ "James Dean Bradfield - The Great Western CD, album at Discogs" Discogscom 2006-07-24 Retrieved 2012-02-08 
  13. ^ "Radio 3 - Late Junction" BBC 2009-04-06 Retrieved 2012-02-08 
  14. ^ "Mojo Magazine Blog" 
  15. ^ "Sweet Billy Pilgrim announce new album 'Motorcade Amnesiacs'" 
  16. ^ "Sweet Billy Pilgrim – "Coloma Blues"" 
  17. ^ "Want To Host A Gig At Your Home Sweet Billy Pilgrim Can Make It Happen With New Album" 
  18. ^ "View video for track from 4th album Motorcade Amnesiacs" 
  19. ^ a b "SVC Artist - Sweet Billy Pilgrim" Svcrecordscouk Retrieved 2012-02-08 

External links

  • Official website
  • MikeyPod podcast interview with Tim Elsenburg

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