Berlin-based rock ’n’ roll band Ponte Pilas, consisting of Scottish frontman Calum Bolland and Ecuadorians Daniel Rivera (drums), Ismael Rivera (lead guitar) and Alejandro Iturralde (bass), formed in February 2017. With catchy guitar riffs, a driving rhythm section and anthemic choruses, the band’s chaotic live shows quickly earned them a reputation as one of Berlin’s most exciting up-and-coming groups.
Drawing comparisons to Oasis, the Hives and the Stooges, Ponte Pilas’ music shows a keen ear for musical hooks and combines elements of both contemporary and classic rock. Their lyrics are cinematic in scope, with influences such as Hunter S. Thompson and Charles Bukowski. These powerful songs are performed live with an intensity and energy that works audiences into a frenzy.
Having played legendary Berlin venues such as SO36, SAGE Club and selling out a headline show at Musik & Frieden, last year Ponte Pilas toured throughout Germany and Europe, also opening for indie legends The Wedding Present. With a very simple philosophy, making each show unique and as passionate as possible and to recalling the legends of rock ’n’ roll’s past, Ponte Pilas wish to champion the music that they love. A band of brothers on and off the stage, their plan is to play as far and wide as possible. Awarded the 2019 ‘Listen to Berlin’ Public Prize by the Berlin Music Commission, along with a showcase at the Most Wanted Music convention, the band are garnering serious industry acclaim. Currently working on new material, the band will release a full E.P. 2020.