Blind Pilot

The band Blind Pilot has been getting a lot of attention lately with the release of their album We Are The Tide. Personally, I’ve had a hard time getting this song, “Half Moon,” to stop playing on my iTunes. It’s just so darn catchy.

Though there aren’t any direct summer camp references in the song, my excuse for sharing the music of Blind Pilot today is in the band’s humble beginnings. As it was explained in a September article in The Province:

Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski were University of Oregon students who played a little music together and figured it would be a hoot to join a Summer Abroad program, working at a day camp in Newquay, a coastal holiday resort near Cornwall, England. So off they went, working with the English kids at arts and crafts and sports activities by day and playing on the busy Newquay streets at night.

They made an odd sight, with Nebeker playing guitar and singing his own songs and covers from the likes of Radiohead and Tom Petty, while Dobrowski supplied percussion, banging on random objects, including a sketch pad, buckets and bottles. They got a lot of attention and had a whole lot of fun.

Summer Camp by day, budding rock stars by night. Not a bad way to start a music career, is it?

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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