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
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. In 2016 Pymlico signed on Apollon Records Prog and have since released three much acclaimed albums, «Meeting Point» (2016), «Nightscape» (2018) and «On This Day» (2020). «Supermassive» will be the fourth album on the label.
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.