The Alternative-Rock act Pilate formed in 1999 in Toronto, CANADA, by New Zealand native singer + pianist & lyricist Todd Clark; he placed an ad online for a bassist and found Ontario College of Art and Design student Ruby Bumrah; Bumrah recruited guitarist Chris Greenough, who in turn recruited drummer Bill Keeley when the band's original drummer left.
An indie six-song EP titled "For All That's Given Wasted" helped
establish their sweeping, epic sound and the group developed a fervent
cult following on the Toronto area club circuit.
By 2002, MapleMusic Recordings had honed in on their talents and signed on to release what would become their debut full-length CD, "Caught By The Window", which arrived on shelves in September 2003; Pilate took off, evolving from a Toronto cult secret to a Canada-wide threat and then embarked on tours in Japan and Australia.
In April 2006 the foursome issued their sophomore album, "Sell Control For Life's Speed", which spawned a top 20 hit in Canada with the explosive "Barely Listening".
Not long after they signed a recording contract with U.S. well-known label Wind-Up Records, but "Sell Control For Life's Speed" was retitled "Into The West" and Pilate changed its name to Pilot Speed.