Pymlico is an instrumental band from Oslo, Norway, led by composer and drummer Arild Brøter. The band mainly plays what has been described as a mix between progressive rock and fusion. However, their music also offers catchy hooks and singable melodies associated with pop music, alongside grandiose themes more in the vein of movie sound tracks. This combination of genres and a high level of musicianship gives the band it’s distinctive sound.
Øyvind Brøter: Keyboards
Stephan Hvinden: Guitars
Andreas Sjo Engen: Guitars
Are Nerland: Bass guitar / synth bass
Arild Brøter: Drums / keyboards
Oda Rydning: Percussion
Robin Havem Løvøy: Saxophones
On This Day
On October 2, 2020, Pymlico will release «On This Day», their sixth studio album. Following the success of «Meeting Point» (2016) and «Nightscape» (2018), the Norwegian instrumental band keeps exploring the space between progressive rock and fusion. «On This Day» sees the group expanding their sound with an extensive use of horns and a stronger focus on groove elements in the music. At the same time, the album never departs from what has become the Pymlico trademark; strong melodic tracks. Mixing genres and taking inspiration from a wide source of styles including progressive rock, jazz rock, fusion, AOR and pop has resulted in eight powerful tracks with modern production techniques and a high quality sound. «On This Day» will take the listener on a sonic and colourful journey.
Pymlico was signed to the Norwegian label Apollon Records Prog with their fourth album «Meeting Point» In 2016. «On This Day» will be the band’s third release by the label and sixth in total. The album will be available on all platforms – vinyl, CD and digital.
Pymlico was founded as a creative outlet for Arild Brøter in 2009. This led to three album releases: Inspirations (2011), Directions (2012) and Guiding Light (2014). The albums were made with a massive support of guest musicians, and they all received positive feedback and favourable reviews in the international progrock society. With a growing desire to perform the music live, Arild gathered a smaller band to do concerts – this eventually became the band Pymlico as we see today. The band released the EP «Studio Live» in 2015 and the album «Meeting Point» in 2016 and «Nightscape» in 2018.
The last years has seen Pymlico being busy playing several festivals in Scandinavia like «Slottsskogen Goes Progressive» in Gothenburg, Sweden «Artrock i Stadsträdgården» in Lidköping, Sweden, «Haugaland Rock & Prog» in Haugesund, Norway, «Close to the Rain» in Bergen, Norway, and «We Låve Rock» in Hurum, Norway. The band has done support for Italian band The Watch and arranged several successful concerts on their own. In addition, the band has shared stages with bands like Magic Pie, Hasse Fröberg and Musical Companion, The Windmill, Gentle Knife, Infringement and Panzerpappa.