Usually referred to the limiting term of Michael Pittís side-project band, Pagoda is much more than that. In five years the band has managed to build themselves a respectable fan-base worldwide and the admiration of music critics, labeled by Spin magazine as one the hottest underground acts to watch. One of their most successful songs Death to Birth was featured in Gus Van Santís film Last Days where Michael Pitt starred as Blake, the brooding rock star who reaches success in little time and struggles with his inner demons, a tale loosely based on Kurt Cobain.
Members Ryan Donowho and Luca Amendolara soon joined Michael in their mutual passion for music becoming the threesome Pagoda. The driving force of the band has been their potent live shows. Who has witnessed their early shows know that the bandís sound was more raw but with time both the band members musical ability and Michaelís voice have become more succinct, drawing in more people with each live performance. Their debut album House of Worship was recorded in Milan, and recently released by Ecstatic Peace in July.
Compelling songs such as Gulp and Never Was have rendered Pagoda to soon be rightfully viewed as a band and not merely as Michael Pittís musical side-project. Despite the usual comparisons to Nirvana and Kurt Cobain, Pagoda breathes life back into a genre that many had thought was dead.
Their winning card is their amazing live performances. That Michael Pitt had stage persona we all knew ever since we fell for his portrayal of Tommy Gnosis in the film version of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Pagodaís songs have the striking ability to get under your skin and remaining there long after the show has ended.
Pagoda is a band that you will fall in love with for their raw sound and amazing interpretation that will rob your senses and keep you humming their songs for days.